Their B team's defeat to Belgium has got them a second-round game against Colombia and beyond that - if there is a beyond that - a place in the favourable half of the draw.
England's last win in a tournament knockout game was 12 years ago when they beat Ecuador 1-0 in the World Cup in Germany but then lost the next game on a penalty shootout to Portugal.
Had they won their group England would have been on a path to a quarter-final on Friday, July 6 (7pm), on the same evening that Norwich play King's Lynn Town in their first pre-season friendly.
Rashford said: "It's not the first time it's happened against him".
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Filmmaker Karan Johar and Indian former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar along with his wife Anjali Tendulkar also graced the ceremony. This week, the two of them flew into Mumbai without allowing paparazzi to photograph them at the airport.
When finally the nation woke from 24 hours of celebrating sweet German incompetence, it saw its team defeated by Belgium B and cast into the half of the draw mostly populated by nations with a record as mediocre as England's own in recent years.
Within the confines of the dressing room, Southgate told his squad that bouncing back from disappointments is the mark of the best teams in the world and called on his team to show the same resilience as he addressed his squad in the moments after the final whistle.
The Three Lions finished second in Group G, beating Tunisia and Panama, but losing to Belgium, and many have speculated that their finish actually leaves them with an easier route through the tournament.
While leaders often say politics should be kept out of sport, the World Cup and other tournaments provide opportunities for them to bring sport into politics, by scoring points over rivals or buffing up their popular credentials.
The England manager's decision was also taken with squad harmony in mind.
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Six players have bookings for Serbia but Krstajić is likely to go with a full-strength team heading into this crunch match. At the back, Brazil have one of Europe's most sought after goalkeepers in Alisson but he wasn't altogether convincing.
"This has been an impressive, impressive World Cup in terms of infrastructure and in terms of the teams", he added.
"It's exciting", Southgate said of the clash.
"Don't give Colombia chances because they have players like Juan Cuadrado that can beat players one-on-one. In playing terms, a deflating night did exactly the opposite", wrote Matt Dickinson in the Times.
But star-studded Colombia are sure to prove a far tougher test than Belgium's back-ups in Moscow.
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