“Of course I’m surprised... In this tournament, I think, they’ve been ahead for about a minute and a half of their three matches," Southgate said.

"So, it’s been unusual to see them struggle as much as they have but the level of all the teams is strong...

"I didn't look at that group and think automatically that they would go through… I’ve just watched some of the game there and they were not able to break Korea down."

Both Germany and South Korea have been knocked out of the tournament, with Sweden and Mexico qualifying from Group F.

England will face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday in a match that will decide which of the teams wins Group G. Both sides have already qualified for the last 16.