So which team has the highest probability to win the World Cup, and which teams shock the football world?
He admitted "I cannot explain my personal performance" and said that he would consider his own future in the team after some soul-searching.
Germany's early exit from this year's World Cup has made headlines across the world - with newspapers from a host of countries featuring the defending champions' plight on their front pages.
Southgate confirmed that Eric Dier will play in midfield against the Belgians but declined to expand on how many changes he will make, insisting he is keen for his side to maintain their momentum, win Group G and extend an unbeaten run in all matches that stretches back to last June's friendly.
The standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Lionel Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage - in Argentina's case they were lucky to advance at all.
"From now on the games are life or death, you can't play for a draw, you either win or you go home", he said. We got what we deserved. We've not won a knockout game since 2006.
"I like the concept of VAR, the concept that if something wrong happens, if a big mistake happens, the VAR is there to bring the truth to the game".More news: Late miss will 'haunt' Germany's Mats Hummels after shock exit
The Mexicans have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five knockout games at the World Cup, and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see Brazil find the net at least twice.
The 2002 World Cup team, which reached the semi-finals, was given a pass on services as have other sporting talents from the Olympics and baseball teams. "I want Jogi to continue". They were not playing with passion.
Switzerland held Brazil in their opening game before beating Serbia and drawing with Costa Rica sent them through, but even though Federation Internationale de Football Association rank them the sixth best in the world, they have not reached the last eight since hosting the tournament in 1954. "The World Cup is an wonderful social event that brings the passion for football into limits, because we are speaking about countries, but innovations in the World Cup, I don't see it".
Loew, who has the support of the German federation and is under contract until the next World Cup, has not ruled out leaving his position following the debacle.
So after the drama of the last fortnight, who is best set to go far in the knockout rounds?
They did just that by overcoming Senegal 1-0, and the coupling of that result with Poland's 1-0 triumph over Japan meant Aliou Cisse's side were eliminated on fair play rules.