The Three Lions showed more attacking intent during the final stages of the first half but they were let down by their final pass, as the sides went into the break scoreless.
Entering the game on identical points and goals records - after each opened with two successive wins -England had the edge on its fair play record at the top of Group G.
Mission accomplished, I suppose.
Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia´s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle.
The subtext to all this was the extraordinary draw split for the knockout rounds, which has all of the heavyweights lining up on one side and a cluster of very beatable darkhorses on the other.
He said: "In a World Cup you're going to come up against the best teams in the world".
England fans in the Sunderland Fan Zone watch their team against Belgium.
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.
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Monday at 7pm could be a very interesting time. "Two years ago we started a new journey, we were ranked 81st". Asked if he was heading for Daei's record after the match, he said: "I don't care about the records".
He was also able to try out with success Thomas Vermaelen, the Barcelona defender out injured for over a month, and later in the game to give a run out to defensive talisman Vincent Kompany, who had also yet to play in Russian Federation due to injury.
England and Belgium meet on Thursday to determine the victor of Group G, but neither are likely to be too disappointed with a runner-up spot. But that might not turn out to be the desirable outcome since the victory diverted Belgium onto the tougher potential path to the final.
"Honestly, I am, judging the manner of the performance", he told a news conference.
"We'll will make a final assessment tonight for him to be involved or not".
"In England I had a lot of criticism".
The question is whether Southgate will lament resting most of his lineup following a pair of group-stage fixtures that didn't test an England side that has a history of falling short at major tournaments. Brazil get knocked out in the second round anyway.
"Everybody is in the frame to play in the next game and it was important these payers were given time on the pitch to press their case".
"I'm very disappointed", the Liverpool man said. OK, we didn't win the game, but there was a myriad of other things involved in the decision.
The conversation surrounding Thursday night's group stage-ender was all wrong.