Although Southgate has stated his intention to win tonight's game against Belgium and take what comes, Belgium's Roberto Martinez had a decidedly more realistic outlook.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, one of the eight changes, claimed England did not have their eyes on the last 16.
Five minutes into the half, the Red Devils broke the deadlock as Adnan Januzaj did well to create space in the box before sending a fine curling effort past Pickford.
No side is going to win it without beating at least one or two strong sides, and Belgium are now supposed to be considered legitimate contenders.
"At the moment we are qualified and I think that was the priority that we were chasing for", Martinez said. Everyone can see the level we've been playing at.
"It was a odd game to prepare for". He is a world class striker and we want him to be ready for Colombia.
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Deschamps expects more from the 27-year-old, and said: "He's had a hard start. the France team needs Antoine Griezmann to be at his best level, and I hope tomorrow that will be the case".
"We think that we need to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad consistently wants to win", he said in his pre-match press conference.
In the other match in Group G, Tunisia notched their first win at a World Cup for 40 years, beating debutants Panama 2-1 to leave Russian Federation on a high.
Belgium´s 1-0 win means they top the group and will face Japan on Monday, with runners-up England securing a last-16 date with Colombia 24 hours later.
Two weeks on and the last 16 awaits, with England's A team unbeaten.
Belgium sealed their spot as Group G winners on Thursday with a 1-0 victory over England sealed by a wonderful strike from former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj.
"It's going to be very tough".
When you reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup teams start to raise their game so I'm not sure there really is any easy route.
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In a statement, Heitkamp said "President Trump and I had a solid discussion about the Supreme Court vacancy". The president also dismissed the investigation into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation as a "hoax".
Belgium have some of the best players on the planet, and Roberto Martinez's side will be aiming to go all the way in Russian Federation and win the World Cup. As a reserve side Belgium were better than us and the way they attacked would have helped our defence in the long run. But the main thing is getting the team through the first knockout.' He was excellent on that, showed real leadership and understanding of the big picture.
"Dear fans, we're just as disappointed as you", the tweet read. Here we've played extremely well. "That's why we deserved to be eliminated, as bitter as it is".
German media have given a damning verdict of the campaign, which will be remembered as the first time since 1938 that the country has failed to make it past the first round.
"We were all exhausted at the end of the match", the keeper turned coach said.
Friday is a rest day.
One among Spain, Russia, Croatia and Denmark will await Gareth Southgate's team if they progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
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There has even been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad. Belgium's attack once again shines and in this one a bit more than England's , to win the group.