Gary Cahill admitted that it was "bizarre" for England to prepare for Belgium on the assumption that it would be better for them to lose, but insisted that second place in Group G would add momentum the World Cup does not derail.
The defeat has actually given England something that appears on paper as a more favorable co-path, although they now face a dangerous Colombian side in the second round and not a Japanese team thanks to a better fair play record Senegal Qualified Group winners
Cahill insisted that the pre-match discussion did not affect England's stance on the pitch, adding that he was confident that the loss would not have a lasting impact on his confidence or performance level.
The match was a weird game, and I say that because we were already qualified and have a situation where all the teams in the knockout phase have similar abilities, "he told the Evening Standard," there are some very good teams in it. "
" Before the start it was bizarre ̵
"But we did not enter the game this way, we won, so we're disappointed."
"I do not think there was anything in the game. It was a great graduation from them who parted the pages. We had some really good chances, but there was nothing in it.
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Colombia will be a strong opponent in Moscow on Tuesday, but Cahill firmly believes England is ready for the challenge.
"We're getting derailed," he added, "that will not affect our momentum , It was disappointing to lose the game, but we have lost nothing.
"This is an opportunity to move on to the next round, we enter with a lot of positivity, we deserve the right to play in this game
" Colombia is a very good side, but it is all If and but, right? It will be difficult, but they will all be. It's like any competition, the longer you stay in it, the less likely you'll be to dodge big teams.
"This is the business end, the next game is the important one, we are not looking any further."