Joachim Low has admitted that Mesut Ozil was one of a number of players who failed to perform for Germany following their shock World Cup exit. But Germany got the better of Argentina on penalties in the 2006 quarter-finals.
"We repeatedly told the world how puzzled we are at the decision of certain politicians. not to visit the World Cup and support their teams", he said.
By winning the match and thus the group, Belgium moves to the "side of death" for the knockout round, where four of the top five teams in the world according to Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings - Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, and Argentina - will all compete for one spot in the final. A team only begins to gel later at the tournament, so it makes sense to bring some [players] in and let it go easy on them.
The Manchester United boss said that despite gathering the greatest players in pursuit of football's biggest prize, the World Cup was not football's standout competition in terms of the tactics and quality of play on offer. Russian Federation 2018 represented the first time in the history of Germany's participation in the World Cup that it failed to advance out of its group.
"Over and Out! (already)", it said, comparing the scenes to 2014 with a picture of the team's celebrations at the last World Cup.
Striker set to sit out England v Belgium clash
Southgate hinted that he would make some changes to his starting 11 but did not go into specifics. Kyle Walker is on a booking so will be rested for the last-16.
The 58-year-old will have to answer why the youngster was surplus to requirement for his party to the World Cup.
Former South Korea forward Ahn Jung-hwan, who scored the goal that knocked Italy out of the last 16 in 2002, said the result showed the unpredictability of the game.
Group F, Sweden (6 points), Mexico (6), South Korea (3), Germany (3).
It is the highest Croatia has been ranked since 1999 when it reached third spot after finishing third at the 1998 World Cup in France. The Samurai Blue, Asia's last team at the finals, will be outsiders having never reached a World Cup quarter-final, while only Russian Federation have a lower Fifa ranking. Gareth Southgate rested eight players - including captain and star man Harry Kane - for the Group G closer against Belgium, with the Three Lions' momentum potentially hurt by a 1-0 loss to Belgium.
A win for Colombia, however, will see them qualify ahead of either Japan or Senegal.