If England overcome Colombia, they could benefit from a kinder draw in the quarter-finals, where Switzerland or Sweden would lie in wait.
"We know that depending on which players we pick in certain positions, we just have a different profile of threat".
"We came here with a big squad and everyone is fighting for their place".
It's a comparatively easy route, but if there's one thing that will get England supporters nervous more than anything, it's penalties. "I don't think that in the World Cup you can be successful by trying to hope to get an easy path".
"I am here in Brussels in Belgium so of course I am going to be cheering for the home team", he said.
Every four years, the leaders of the European Union are locked in meetings while one or more of their teams are playing in a World Cup match.
And, even though the Three Lions lost their final group game against Belgium, for once it was arguably for the right reasons, or at least the right motivations.
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Silva told Le Parisien: "There are people who talk a lot, but I have never had anything against Neymar ". Guardado has subsequently urged the officials to keep an eye on Neymar in Samara on Monday.
Football's cruel mistress - the penalty shootout - arrives at the World Cup on Saturday after a packed fortnight of group games, ready to dispense her characteristic doses of unbridled joy and heartbreak in the knockout stages.
"It's exciting. We've got the chance to be the team that changes that record". For us, we're not focusing on the next games.
Colombia go into the knockout stage having also scored five goals in their three group games and will have the support of tens of thousands of fans. In worldwide football, that's just nearly a desperate call to see a loose team with no understanding of what we're trying to do.
"If we win again tonight, then all of a sudden the reality of where we are might not have been in people's minds".
They have a major doubt over playmaker James Rodriguez, whose six goals at the last World Cup in Brazil saw him claim the Golden Boot.
"Once you go on the pitch, it's hard to stay friends until the final whistle but we all have a lot of respect for the other team". At the start of the tournament, we were saying that if we'd get past the quarter-finals it'd be great but if we don't get to a semi-final now it won't have been a very good tournament.