Gareth Southgate: England players fully behind my Belgium decisions

• Manager says resting players was key before Colombia
• Dele Alli set to return to starting lineup on Tuesday

Gareth Southgate has insisted his entire squad understood and accepted his decision to make eight changes in the defeat to Belgium, with the England manager confident his first-choice side will have benefited from the rest when it comes to the knockout tie with Colombia.

The team will enjoy a day off on Friday having flown back to St Petersburg overnight, with those who did not feature in Kaliningrad – including the captain and tournament leading scorer, Harry Kane – ready on Saturday to begin their preparations for the last 16 game. Southgate will have a fully fit squad from which to choose, including Dele Alli who has recovered from a thigh strain, and is likely to revert to the lineup that confronted Tunisia in their first game at the finals.

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