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Gary Neville Is 'More Positive Than Ever' That England Can Reach Semi-Final

Gary Neville Is 'More Positive Than Ever' That England Can Reach Semi-Final

Guaranteed of their place in the knockout rounds of the World Cup, England and Belgium faced one another tonight with one eye firmly focused on what was yet to come. Losing 1-0 to a wonderful Adnan Januzaj goal, England will now take on Colombia next Tuesday; a win there offering them what would appear a clear route to a semi-final - at least.

For Roberto Martinez and Belgium, a winnable tie against Japan will bring them up against the winners of Brazil and Mexico. Although England appear to have been afforded the more straight-forward draw, the response has been mixed.

Losing their first game of this tournament, certain members of the British media and England's fans are less than confident of the teams' chances - particularly against a dangerous Colombian side.

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In other quarters however, England's task now looks a good deal easier, and, fans should be confident of looking ahead to the latter stages of the tournament.

Speaking on ITV during their coverage of England's 1-0 defeat to Belgium tonight, Gary Neville was among those feeling very happy with the road ahead:

The country has been euphoric and everyone has been overly positive in the last week. We should now be the most positive we've ever been.

That's not being arrogant, it's not being ignorant - we could lose against Colombia on Tuesday, there is no doubt.

If you thank back to 1990 when we had Cameroon and Belgium to get to a World Cup semi-final, we've now got an opportunity to beat Colombia and Sweden or Switzerland to get to a World Cup semi-final.

Citing England's unfortunate draws in recent World Cup campaigns, Neville went on to state his belief that the players should be aware of the chance they have in front of them.

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See Also: Adnan Januzaj Negated Belgium's First-Half Attempts To Avoid The Win

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