Southgate said he had had no preference about who his team would line up against in the last 16, even after Japan surprised by finishing second in Group H and will now face Belgium while England face Colombia.
Gareth Southgate is finally experiencing the level of scrutiny that comes with being England manager at a Soccer World Cup as his gamble to make eight changes in losing 1-0 to Belgium comes under the microscope.
If England overcome Colombia, they could benefit from a kinder draw in the quarter-finals, where Switzerland or Sweden would lie in wait.
"We've got 20 outfield players who have now played in a World Cup".
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"I think yesterday showed he can dribble, he passed some defenders as well".
"That's very unsafe (to think like that)", Alli said.
"You don't want to see smiles in the dressing room as you've got an easier route, you're always going to play the best teams in the world and there are no easy games, we're fully focused on Colombia".
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It had appeared as if Brazil , after a 1-1 with Switzerland in its opening game, was heading for another stalemate. Stoppage-time goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar helped Tite's side to a vital three points in Group E.
"Of course, if we don't win, I understand people would say whatever about the Belgium game as well, but that was the right thing to do and you've got to take decisions you believe are the right ones".
"These are top sides and no global game is easy", warned Alli. We know it's early on in the process of what we're trying to do, but this is just a chance to try and prove it today.
With England's place in the knockout stage already confirmed, John Stones, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford were the only players to keep their places from the side that beat Panama 6-1.
Southgate saw his tame effort saved and England crashed out in the semi-finals with a side under Terry Venables that were good enough to land the trophy themselves.
Southgate said it would have been "ridiculous" to risk the likes of Harry Kane against Belgium with qualification assured.
Martinez has hailed the pleasure his whole squad have been taking on the pitch and has worked to build a team spirit where clashes of egos bedevilled the Belgians under his predecessor Marc Wilmots at the last World Cup and at Euro 2016.
But the consequences of failure are nowhere more devastating than at a World Cup, where two previous finals and five semi-finals have been decided by the gut-wrenching lottery of penalties.