England qualified as runners-up in Group G and booked a World Cup last-16 date with Colombia as Adnan Januzaj earned a 1-0 win for Belgium on a curious night in Kaliningrad.
With qualification to the knockout stage already assured, two second-string sides laboured in a low-key encounter where three points to seal top spot – and a seemingly tougher route through the tournament – appeared a dubious prize.
A superior disciplinary record had meant stalemate was always likely to see Gareth Southgate’s men finish at the summit but though Belgium racked up further bookings, they found the back of the net through Januzaj’s fine 51st-minute strike.
England will now face Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday – Sweden or Switzerland looming in the quarter-finals if they can clear that hurdle – while Belgium tackle Japan in the top half of a draw where heavyweights Brazil, France, Argentina, Uruguay and Portugal still lurk.
England: Pickford (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Cahill (7), Stones (6), Jones (6), Rose (7), Dier (5), Delph (6), Loftus-Cheek (7), Rashford (6), Vardy (6).
Subs used: Maguire (7), Welbeck (6).
Belgium: Courtois (6), Dendoncker (6), Boyata (6), Vermaelen (6), Fellaini (6), Dembele (7), Tielemans (7), Chadli (6), T Hazard (5), Januzaj (7), Batshuayi (6).
Subs used: Kompany (6), Mertens (6).
Man of the match: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
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