After failing to top Group G following defeat in Kaliningrad against Belgium, a round-of-16 clash with Colombia in Moscow awaits on Tuesday, and it is one that Southgate has billed as England's "biggest game in a decade".
The younger Hazard fills a necessary gap in the Belgium line-up: an ex-Chelsea player.
Strength in depth?- The number of changes that both sides made may have disappointed fans who wanted to see a full blooded encounter, but it did give us the chance to see how strong the "second choice" players were for both sides.
This would in theory be their first real test, but there's little riding on the result and both teams will probably make changes.
"I've got to try and make the best decisions for the group and for this game in particular, and also for what we've got to come".
However, the Spaniard warned against trying to plot a way through a perceived easier section of the draw.
And people are nearly making out that England did this on objective, one fan said: "England losing is possibly the smartest thing they could've done.avoid Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay, Portugal, France and Belgium".
"I hope all the England players at Spurs play as that would be something special".
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Despite top spot in the group still being up for grabs, though, Southgate said neither he nor his team would be tempted into playing the long game and thinking about who they might face out of Group H when they open up knockout-round play.
That is the view of former England star Chris Waddle.
Chelsea will have two players on either side of the pitch when England kick off against Belgium.
Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker both went into the book early to cheers from the Belgian fans.
If it remains the same, as well, then drawing lots would be put to place.
But unlike his substitute appearance against Tunisia, Rashford failed to further his case for a start when he slotted England's best chance wide with just Courtois to beat.