They now face Belgium, who have also made it through, on Thursday night and all that needs to be decided is the final placings.
In the other remaining first-round games on Thursday, Japan, Senegal and Colombia are all chasing the two qualification spots in Group H, with Poland out of the picture.
Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle. "I don't think he will be training today and we will make a final assessment tonight".
"Now we need to look into our individual players".
"We have won one knock-out match in the last 15 years or so, so our focus is to keep winning". It does wonders for your confidence to keep on winning games and I'd be surprised if we didn't see that kind of approach from both of these sides'.
"We want to win the game". That would mean we top the group and then we can move forward. A draw will take them into tiebreakers, where it could even go to fair play points (yellow cards, red cards) to decide who wins.
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Instead, Sweden and Mexico advanced to the last 16.
The Group G winners will be on the side of the draw that includes big names Argentina, France, Portugal and Brazil, while the only pre-tournament favourite on the runner-up's side is Spain.
Southgate has confirmed Eric Dier will start against Belgium, although the Tottenham man was only selected in 56% of your teams.
This misguided notion that you have to beat the best to win the World Cup was proven false when Germany reached the 2002 final - although the lack of elite opposition perhaps proved telling when Die Mannschaft fell to Brazil after knockout wins over Paraguay, USA and South Korea.
England's manager is wary of his memories of the 2002 World Cup when he did not play a single minute and, while he wished his team-mates well, ultimately found it a frustrating time.
"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.
Southgate hinted that he would make some changes to his starting 11 but did not go into specifics.