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REVEALED: Who will put England out of the World Cup in the knockout stages
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June 18: England v Tunisia

June 24: England v Panama

June 28: England v Belgium

Welcome to the World Cup.

It will take 10 days and three games for England to get a test in the 2018 World Cup and, by that stage, they'll already have qualified for the last 16. They'll probably struggle through the first two encounters anyway but they should - they really should - earn enough points to ensure that second place is sealed no matter what happens against Belgium.

Ideal scenario: Get four points in those first two games and hope Belgium beat both of them. Ideal in an English football reality.

But then it gets tricky. Then it gets... English.

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The question then is just who will knock England out?

England have been grouped in with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G and, in the second round, they will meet either the winners or runners up of Group H as per the World Cup draw.

Group H

  • Poland
  • Senegal
  • Colombia
  • Japan

Second Round

If England top their group, they'll play the runners-up of Group H - Colombia are second seeds.

If England finish second in their group, they'll play the winners of Group H - Poland are first seeds.

Okay, so... if Gareth Southgate's charges can come through either of those clashes and reach the last eight, here's who they can get. Just a note that England last won a tournament knock-out game in the 2006 World Cup, against Ecuador.

Quarter-finals

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If England top their group and win the second round, they'll play the winners of the game between the Group E toppers and Group F runners-up - probably Brazil.

If England come second in their group and win the second round, they'll play the winners of the game between Group F toppers and Group E runners-up - probably Germany.

Groups E and F

And that was all she wrote.

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