England And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup 3rd Place Play-Off

England And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup 3rd Place Play-Off

England And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup 3rd Place Play-Off

The victory meant Belgium, who lost to France in the semifinals on Tuesday, secured their best finish at a World Cup after having been defeated in the third-place game in 1986.

An early goal from Thomas Meunier and a late effort from Eden Hazard in 82nd minute was enough to dash the Three Lions' hopes of winning a medal in Russian Federation.

"We are better than England", he told reporters at a press conference, as reported by Reuters. "But we'll assess them before picking a team".

Belgium (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Nacer Chadli; Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard (capt).

Belgium has struck first thanks to a goal by Thomas Meunier, who was suspended for the semifinal due to yellow cards.

"What we have seen in this World Cup is that the players did not want to rely on talent anymore, they wanted to rely on working as a team, becoming a group of players that would do anything to achieve results". England's midfield is creative, effervescent and fearless but perhaps lacks the dazzle we saw from Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

It may not be how either team had envisioned it, but Belgium and England are playing in the final weekend of the World Cup.

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Belgium full-back Thomas Meunier, who missed the semifinal against France through suspension, has vowed the Red Devils want to end their campaign in Russian Federation on a high.

British leaders have essentially boycotted the World Cup over the poisonings of two British citizens and a former Russian spy and his daughter living in the United Kingdom, which British officials blame on the Russian government, a claim the Kremlin rejects. Belgium managed to eke out a win thanks to an early surge where they dominated the Englishmen like it was nobody's business.

"This game showed there is still room for improvement", Kane said after the match.

Eden Hazard. The Chelsea man looked like he had a point to prove after the semi-final defeat to France and was at his quicksilver best against England, tormenting the English defence with mesmerising footwork and mazy runs. England, meanwhile, continued to struggle in attack and provide enough clear chances for striker Harry Kane.

Get's through a lot of the dirty work in the centre of the park that gives his more talented team-mates the platform to burst forward and hurt the opposition. They will still be licking their wounds as Belgium looks fresher and more interested. They outshot Belgium 15-12 and took six shots on goal, compared to just four for the winning team. In the group stage, both teams had already qualified before Belgium's 1-0 win in Kaliningrad.

While the third-place playoff has come in for plenty of criticism, there's not exactly nothing to play for as Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku will view the game as a personal battle for the Golden Boot.

With one more goal Kane would become the highest scorer at the competition since 2002, when Ronaldo struck eight times, including twice in the final, as Brazil clinched a record fifth title.

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