Belgium third after 2-0 win over England

Jack Butland

England's defender John Stones (L) vies with Belgium's forward Eden Hazard during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup play-off for third place football match between Belgium and England at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 14, 2018.

The opening goal came in just the fourth minute of play when Romelu Lukaku fed Nacer Chadli who crossed the ball in from a wide position for Meunier, who blasted a shot past England keeper Jordan Pickford to give Belgium the lead. He commands his defence well and will have to be in top form against the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

Harry Kane's struggles in the knockout rounds continued but, with Romelu Lukaku unable to add to the four he netted in Group G, should take home England's only silverware as the likely Golden Boot victor, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann three goals behind Kane's tally of six.

It will also give captain Harry Kane a chance to secure his place as the tournament's top scorer, and become England's first Golden Boot victor since Gary Lineker at Mexico 1986. Belgium displayed a strong will to finish third for the first time in their history and their desire was rewarded with a prestigious second win in two matches over England in Russian Federation. Belgium also won that contest by a score of 1-0. Roberto Martinez's side recorded their best ever World Cup result, going one better than the fourth place they finished in the 1986 event in Mexico.

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Gareth Southgate's side must be content with equaling the efforts of Sir Bobby Robson's side who finished in fourth spot at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, making their efforts in Russian Federation the joint second-best achievement of any English side at football's most prestigious tournament.

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Once in each half he was through on goal one-on-one but his heavy, heavy touch meant Pickford could come to England - and Kane's rescue. We expect this to be another victory for the Red Devils, with the higher ranked team in our gradings winning eight of the last 10 World Cup consolation matches and finishing third in nine after winning another in extra-time.

It wasn't to be for England, as Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic ensured that Gareth Southgate's team would be playing in the match nobody wants to be a part of. Kyle Walker can face Manchester City teammates Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne, while Tottenham boast three players for Belgium and five for England. "We don't want to wait another 20-odd years to get into another major semifinal". England's World Cup dreams may have been ended by the wily Croats but what a tournament this has been for Gareth Southgate's young Lions.

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Due to the quick turnaround from the semi-final defeat to Croatia on Wednesday, Southgate, who had all 23 of his squad train on Friday at their Spartak Zelenogorsk base, will make late calls on his final starting line-up.

The Belgians were the better team, even though England had more of the possession in the second half, which was eventually neutralized by the ever-present Belgian counterattack. We had them on the ropes for the first half-hour of that and we just couldn't get a goal.

Southgate added: "I thought Stones was absolutely outstanding and [goalkeeper Jordan] Pickford has had a wonderful tournament".

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