Ever since England beat Panama to seal qualification for the knockout stages he has faced questions about whether it would be better to finish as Group G runners-up, the logic being that it would mean avoiding Germany or Brazil in the quarter-finals.
"Harry was brilliant about it", said Southgate, as he was asked about the absence of Kane.
Speaking in the press conference after the game, Martinez heaped praise on everything the tournament has to offer, from its infrastructure, games, teams, organization and the people of Russian Federation themselves. It didn't happen for them tonight, but we don't suffer for it. He is a world class striker and we want him to be ready for Colombia.
'We had half an eye on the knockout.
"It was a unusual game to prepare for".
"First of all, we need to focus on our play in the knockout stage", Maguire said. I don't think it (Germany's exit) has any bearing on us. The knockout game is the important one.
They knew they were going home after just two matches of a disastrous trophy defence, as a 5-1 humbling at the hands of the Netherlands was followed by a 2-0 defeat against Chile at the Maracana.
Simply put, neither England nor Belgium should want to win this game.
Southgate made eight changes for his side's final group game and Brady was heavily critical of the midfield trio of Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
When Baloy made his full global debut back in February 2001, Panama had a long way to travel to get to where they are now: in Russian Federation 2018 with a squad featuring a clutch of young players with very bright futures ahead of them.
Southgate is such an admirer of Germany's national team, indeed he has trawled through hours of tapes to study their secrets, right down to the small details such as how many free-kicks the five-times world champions concede in their own half (answer: very few).
"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we are pleased we are in it". How can someone who has been involved in over 30 goals scored by Manchester City not be good enough for Loew's side?
"I meant it when I arrived in Moscow and said I believed in every player in the squad".
"When he (Dier) does try to go forward he's not good enough, he's not good enough with the ball at his feet". Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy kept running.
"I am trying to develop a winning mentality".