ENGLAND are through to the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup after an impressive 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday.
Three Lions fans are dreaming of lifting the Jules Rimet trophy so is it possible that finishing behind Belgium could give them more of an advantage to make it through to the final?
Where could England finish in Group G?
England are guaranteed at least a second place finish after their 6-1 thrashing of Panama.
They are currently top of the group after two games played.
At the moment it is still all to play for on who will finish top of the group, with both Belgium and England on equal points and goal difference.
World Cup 2018 Group G table
England have guaranteed qualification to the knockout stages with a 6-1 victory over Panama.
- Their World Cup opener saw them clinch a vital 2-1 win over Tunisia.
- Belgium also won their first two matches beating Panama 3-0.
- They then went on to defeat Tunisia 5-2.
- Both England and Belgium have six points from two games.
- World Cup group stages are then decided on goal difference rather than head-to-head.
- The Three Lions are set to face Belgium on Thursday, June 28, at 7pm, to decide who will top Group G.
The winners of the group will play the runners-up of Group H.
The runner-up of Group G will play the winner of Group H.
Their possible opponents from Group H are Japan, Senegal or Colombia.
Why could finishing second provide an ‘easier’ route?
Should England finish second in their group, here is a speculative route to the final:
- Round of 16: Japan
- Quarter-final: Sweden
- Semi-final: Spain
- Final: Brazil
If England win the group it could be the winner of Group H (Japan, Senegal or Colombia) then Brazil in the quarter-final, should the Brazilians win their group.
Who are England’s likely opponents if they win Group G?
Should Gareth Southgate‘s side finish top of the group, this is who they could face in the knockout stages:
- Round of 16: Senegal
- Quarter-final: Brazil
- Semi-final: France
- Final: Spain
Fixtures after the group stages
ROUND of 16
Match Day Date KO Team/Group Channel
Saturday, June 30 (7pm): Match 1 – 1A v 2B ITV
Saturday, June 30 (3pm): Match 2 – 1C v 2D: ITV
Sunday, July 1 (3pm): Match 3 – 1B v 2A: BBC
Sunday, July 1 (7pm): Match 4 – 1D v 2C: ITV
Monday, July 2 (3pm): Match 5 – 1E v 2F: BBC
Monday, July 2 (7pm): Match 6 – 1G v 2H: BBC
Tuesday, July 3 (3pm): Match 7 – 1F v 2E: ITV
Tuesday, July 3 (7pm): Match 8 – 1H v 2G: BBC
Friday, July 6 (3pm): QF1 – Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2 BBC
Friday, July 6 (7pm): QF2 – Winner of Match 5 vs Winner of Match 6 BBC
Saturday, July 7 (3pm): QF3 – Winner of Match 7 vs Winner of Match 8 ITV
Saturday, July 7 (7pm): QF4 – Winner of Match 3 vs Winner of Match 4 ITV
61 Tuesday, July 10 (7pm): SF1 – Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 ITV
62 Wednesday, July 11 (7pm): SF2 – Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 BBC
THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF
63 Saturday, July 14 (3pm): Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 ITV
64 Sunday, July 15 (4pm): Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 ITV and BBC