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Dier: England won’t dwell on Group G defeat to Belgium

PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 June 2018

England's Eric Dier during the FIFA World Cup Group G match against Belgium (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images).

England's Eric Dier during the FIFA World Cup Group G match against Belgium (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images).

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The Spurs midfielder discusses the 1-0 loss to the Red Devils, which saw England finish second in Group G

Eric Dier says England will not allow the disappointment of defeat against Belgium to detract from their progress to the last 16 of the World Cup.

After kicking off the campaign with back-to-back wins over Tunisia and Panama, the Three Lions stumbled to a 1-0 loss in Kaliningrad.

With qualification assured, both sides made sweeping changes to their teams but it was Belgium who maintained their perfect record, taking the points when former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj netted brilliantly in the second half.

That leaves England to face Colombia in the first knock-out round on Tuesday at 7pm.

“No matter what, we’re disappointed we’ve lost but the most important thing is that we’re through to the next round,” said Dier, who captained England in the absence of the rested Spurs team-mate Harry Kane.

“We want to win every game and we’re disappointed we couldn’t do that.”

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder felt the teams, both of whom are stacked with Premier League talent, were well matched barring one moment of class in front of goal.

“I thought it was quite an even game,” said Dier. “We created some good chances. We needed to finish one of them, that was all that was missing really.

“Belgium have a lot of players with a lot of quality and the game was decided by a piece of great quality.”

The pre-match talk had revolved around second place in the Group G offering a simpler route in the knockout stages but Colombia are nobody’s idea of easy pickings.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made his competitive debut in place of Kieran Trippier, said: “Colombia will be very tough. We’re fully focused.

“In a World Cup you’re going to come up against the best teams in the world. Every team who has got to the round of 16 has deserved to, so there are no easy games that we can see ahead of us.”

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