Cahill wants England to 'build momentum' with win over Belgium

After paying the price for looking too far ahead at Euro 2016, Gary Cahill's only focus at the World Cup is on winning the next game.

Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill   -  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

England will not be thinking about anything other than victory when it takes on Belgium on Thursday, according to Gary Cahill.

While already certain to reach the knockout rounds, the two European nations meet in Kaliningrad to decide who will progress to the last 16 as winner of Group G.

However, claiming top spot may also lead to a potential quarterfinal against Brazil or Germany, leading to the suggestion England is better off finishing behind Belgium in the table.

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Cahill, though, is less interested in plotting a route to the latter stages and instead only focused on building momentum.

"No, the discussions have been to win the game, That's the truth. It's still a huge stage, no matter what the situation is within the group," the defender said.

"Everyone is watching and it is not as if we are going into a friendly or a pre-season tour where you can half take your foot off. Go and win the game. Build momentum, to keep that good feeling going."

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"You can't look too far ahead. You face who you are going to face. And, the fact is in the next round it looks like you are going to face a team that will be similar whether you finish first or second."

Cahill could feature for the first time in Russia if, as expected, manager Gareth Southgate decides to make changes to his starting XI.

The centre-back has bitter memories of looking too far ahead at a major tournament, having been part of the Euro 2016 squad who underestimated Iceland when a quarterfinal against host France loomed large on the horizon.

"We were looking at playing France in their stadium and 'it was going to be a fantastic occasion' and then it never got to that. You can look too far down the line. The message for us is to prepare to win the game," he added. 

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