Belgium 2-0 England 14/07/2018 – Third-place play-off – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 July 14 – Results and Highlights

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Belgium 2-0 England:Sat July 14: Belgium v England – St Petersburg, Full Time

England missed the chance to finish with a flourish as Belgium ran out convincing 2-0 winners in the World Cup third-place play-off in Saint Petersburg.Harry Kane still in pole position for Golden Boot.

Player ratings

Belgium: Courtois (7), Alderweireld (7), Kompany (6), Vertonghen (6), Meunier (7),Tielemans (7), Witsel (6), Chadli (6), De Bruyne (8), Lukaku (5), E Hazard (8).

Subs: Vermaelen (6), Mertens (6).

England: Pickford (7), Jones (6), Stones (6), Maguire (7), Trippier (7), Loftus-Cheek (6), Dier (6), Delph (6), Rose (6), Sterling (6), Kane (6)

Subs: Lingard (6), Rashford (7).

Man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne

A joyful player who relished the freedom afforded by a fixture of this nature. Passed the ball with fluency, range and intent, dominating the centre of the park. Set up Hazard’s goal with a trademark weighted pass and left Dier red-faced with another threaded through his legs.

Team news

Gareth Southgate made five changes for the play-off, handing starts to Phil Jones, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose. Harry Kane kept his place as he hunted the Golden Boot.

Roberto Martinez made just two changes, Thomas Meunier and Youri Tielemans starting in midfield in place of Marouane Fellaini and Moussa Dembele.

      • Full Time: Belgium 2-0 England
      • Hazard added second (82)
      • Meunier scored early (4)
      • Bronze medal match
      • Belgium secure best ever finish

21:00
PRESENTATION

The players are still out on the field as there will be a presentation to Belgium. They will collect their bronze medals.

20:59
GOLDEN BOOT RACE

Harry Kane still leads the field with one game left in the tournament.

Kane has six goals but Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappe, who both have three, can catch him with something special in the final on Sunday.

20:52
BELGIUM 2-0 ENGLAND

It’s all over! Belgium finish third at the World Cup – there best ever finish at the tournament. For England, the tournament finishes on a low note but there’s still plenty to be proud of from this tournament for Gareth Southgate and his squad.

20:51
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90+3: YELLOW! Witsel is booked for delaying a late England free-kick.

20:50
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90+2: Mertens is screaming for the ball at the far post but Delph is alert to the danger, nipping in to head De Bruyne’s cross clear.

20:49
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90: There will be THREE minutes of added time…

20:48
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89: Belgium are keeping the ball extremely well and are seeing this game out with ease.

20:44
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86: Belgium break again through Hazard. He has De Bruyne in acres of space on the left but delays the pass which allows Stones to slide in and make a crucial block.

20:42
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84: SUB! Loftus-Cheek is replaced by Dele Alli.

20:40
GOAL! BELGIUM 2-0 ENGLAND (Hazard, 82)

That should be that! De Bruyne slides the ball through for Hazard, who gets in behind Jones. He shapes to shoot towards the far corner but drills it low past Pickford at the near post to score his third of the tournament.

20:39
BELGIUM 1-0 ENGLAND

80: SAVE! What a passage of play! Beautiful one touch football between De Bruyne and Mertens sees Belgium break into the England half. The pair exchange back heels before Mertens floats a cross into the path of Meunier. The full-back connects brilliantly with a volley, hitting the target and forcing Pickford into a brilliant save with his right hand.

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79: SUB! Belgium make their final change as Dembele replaces Tielemans.

20:36
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78: YELLOW! Maguire is shown a yellow card for his protests against a decision from the referee.

20:35
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76: Another quick Belgium break as De Bruyne shifts the ball onto Mertens. The Napoli forward cuts inside off the left flank before getting his shot all wrong, firing the ball well wide of the far post.

20:33
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74: WIDE! Another excellent set piece from England. Trippier’s delivery is brilliant once again and he picks out Maguire at the far post. England fail to hit the target again though as the Leicester centre-back heads wide.

20:32
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73: CHANCE! Rashford’s corner is flicked away by Alderweireld. England take a quick throw and Lingard hooks the ball into the penalty area. Dier gets his head to it but he cannot trouble Courtois as the ball bounces wide of the far post.

20:30
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72: England are starting to ask a lot more questions of Belgium at the moment…

Trippier’s free-kick is headed behind for another England corner by Kompany…

20:29
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70: OFF THE LINE!! Rashford’s first-time pass releases Dier. He’s in on goal and dinks the ball over Courtois, but his Tottenham team-mate, Alderweireld, gets back to clear the ball off the goal line.

20:27
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69: SAVE! Dier has a pop from 25 yards but Courtois gets down well to his right to make an easy save.

20:26
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68: Loftus-Cheek’s cross takes a deflection which takes the ball away from Kane. Rashford recycles the ball but his cross is cleared by Vertonghen.

20:24
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66: CORNER! Kane peels off to the edge of the area and he’s picked out. However, Kane miscues his attempted volley and Belgium get the ball clear.

20:23
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65: Meunier takes no chances with Trippier’s deep cross, turning it behind for a corner…

20:22
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64: Hazard skips past a few challenges on the edge of the England penalty area but he cannot get past Dier, who gets a crucial boot to the ball.

20:21
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63: TACKLE! Hazard brings down Alderweireld’s long pass before laying it off for Meunier on the overlap. Delph makes good ground though to get back and make a crucial tackle to stop Meunier’s cross.

20:20
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61: I wonder if Lukaku’s picked up a knock. He’s gone straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Mertens.

20:19
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60: SUB! Lukaku’s bid to win the Golden Boot is over. He’s replaced by Mertens.

20:17
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59: Excellent defending from Stones, who nips in ahead of Lukaku to win the ball back for England.

20:15
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56: CHANCE! What a pass from De Bruyne to release Lukaku. However, Lukaku’s touch is so poor which allows Pickford to come off his line and gather the ball cleanly.

20:13
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55: CLOSE! Poor Belgium defending allows Lingard to drill the ball towards the far post. Kane is inches away from getting a touch on the ball as it flashes wide of the far post.

20:12
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54: Another Trippier cross reaches the penalty spot but again, Kompany is well positined to clear.

20:10
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52: YELLOW! Stones has two bites at the cherry as he hauls Hazard to ground. He stops Belgium’s counter-attack in its tracks but picks up a caution in the process.

20:09
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51: CLOSE! Trippier’s free-kick almost reaches Stones but Vertonghen is there to get a crucial foot to the ball ahead of the Man City defender.

20:08
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49: Belgium break through Hazard. He has Lukaku in support but ignores the Manchester United striker’s run and the move fizzles out as Maguire gets a foot to the ball.

20:06
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47: Positive play from Loftus-Cheek as he drives into the Belgium penalty area. Kompany goes to ground and gets a crucial foot to the ball, winning a goal kick in the process.

20:03
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46: England get us back underway…

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Changes at the break for England as Lingard and Rashford replace Rose and Sterling.

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Meanwhile, Kane had one major chance, shooting side wide under pressure from Kompany.

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19:56
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It’s been a frustrating afternoon for Romelu Lukaku so far. He’s still two behind Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

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19:56
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19:48
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There’s no time for the corner as the whistle goes for half-time! Belgium lead thanks to Thomas Meunier’s early goal.

19:48
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45+2: Lukaku has Stones isolated. He’s one on one with the Man City defender but Stones stands his ground, blocking Lukaku’s shot.

19:45
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45: There will be TWO minutes of added time…

19:45
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44: Belgium work the ball well again to Meunier, who attempts to cut the ball back for De Bruyne. England deal with the danger well though as Maguire clears.

19:43
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43: Loftus-Cheek attempts to carry the ball forward for England but the move breaks down just inside the Belgium half.

19:40
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40: SUB! Here’s confirmation of the Belgium change. Vermaelen replaces the injured Chadli.

19:39
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39: Belgium break quickly through Meunier, who plays the ball forward for De Bruyne. The Man City star bends the ball towards the far post where Trippier heads behind for a corner, which comes to nothing for Martinez’s side.

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38: The games is back underway but Belgium are down to 10 for the moment. Martinez is preparing a change…

19:36
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37: There’s an injury concern for Belgium. Chadli is down and it looks as though he’s pulled a hamstring.

19:35
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35: CORNER! Tielemans miscues a shot on the edge of the penalty but it falls for Alderweireld, who hooks the ball over Pickford’s crossbar.

19:34
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34: BLOCK! Hazard dribbles his way into the penalty area but his shot is well blocked by Stones.

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33: Meunier fires another cross in from the right but this time Stones heads clear for England.

19:30
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30: Hazard lays the ball off to Tielemans, who strikes the ball goalwards from 20 yards. Stones flings his body in the way to make an excellent block.

19:28
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28: Meunier nips in ahead of Rose to win the ball but he cannot pick out Lukaku in the middle with his cross as the ball bounces away to safety on the far side.

19:24
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25: Now Sterling goes for goal from distance but his effort is well wide of the target.

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23: CHANCE! And it falls to Kane! Dier’s excellent pass picks out Sterling, who lays the ball off for Kane. England’s captain slips just as he’s striking the ball and it drifts wide of the target. That was an excellent chance for him to stretch his lead at the top of the goal scoring charts!!

19:20
BELGIUM 1-0 ENGLAND

20: It’s time for the Love Train…

The red shirts scatter in the penalty area and Harry Maguire gets his head to the ball. However, it’s an easy save for Courtois on his goal line.

19:19
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19: Good footwork from Loftus-Cheek sees him get to the byline. He pulls the ball back in search of Harry Kane but Kompany is there to turn the ball behind for a corner…

19:18
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18: Sterling receives the ball in the penalty area but he’s quickly surrounded by three yellow shirts as Belgium win the ball back.

19:17
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16: CHANCE! The first opening of the game for one of the Golden Boot contenders as De Bruyne’s pass releases Lukaku. However, the Manchester United’s striker’s touch lets him down as the ball rolls through to Pickford.

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14: CHANCES! Two saves by Courtois, who denies Delph from long range before keeping out Loftus-Cheek’s header.

19:12
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12: SAVE! Somehow Lukaku’s pass bobbles its way through to De Bruyne, who gets a shot away. The ball deflects off Trippier but Pickford manages to keep it out with a strong hand.

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11: Another Trippier cross is cleared, this time by the head of Alderweireld.

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9: CHANCE! Lukaku drives at the heart of the England defence. He has De Bruyne and Hazard up in support and he plays the ball to the Manchester City forward. In the end it’s the wrong option as England win the ball back in the penalty area. A frustrated Hazard was in acres of space on the left.

19:08
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8: England try to respond straight away through Trippier, who fires a low cross towards the near post. Vertonghen is there to clear for Belgium.

19:07
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7: That’s not the start Gareth Southgate would have wanted. There was acres of space for Belgium to exploit and that’s exactly what they did.

19:04
GOAL! BELGIUM 1-0 ENGLAND (Meunier, 4)

The perfect start for Belgium. Lukaku has acres of space in the middle of the pick and he slides a beautiful pass through for Hazard. the Chelsea forward whips the ball into the box and Meunier gets ahead of Rose to tap in at the far post!

19:03
BELGIUM 0-0 ENGLAND

3: It’s been a relatively quiet start to the game. Dier icks the ball up in midfield before trying to pick out the run of Trippier on the right flank. Chadli’s back to win a header as Belgium clear through Vertonghen.

19:00
BELGIUM 0-0 ENGLAND

1: KICK-OFF! Belgium get us underway in St Petersburg…

18:58
BELGIUM v ENGLAND LIVE!

Kick-off in the third-place play-off is now just moments away…

18:55
NATIONAL ANTHEMS

Belgium’s national anthem is up first and then for the final time in this tournament, it’s God Save the Queen…

18:54
BELGIUM v ENGLAND LIVE!

The teams are in the tunnel at the Krestovsky Stadium. Kick-off to the penultimate game of the World Cup is now just over five minutes away!

18:51
ENGLAND XI

And here’s Gareth Southgate’s side…

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18:51
BELGIUM XI

Here’s how Roberto Martinez’s side line up…

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18:50
TEAM NEWS – REMINDER

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Tielemans, Chadli, Lukaku, Hazard.

Subs: Vermaelen, Fellaini, Carrasco, Mignolet, Casteels, Mertens, Hazard, Januzaj, Dembele, Boyata, Batshuayi, Dendoncker.

England: Pickford, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Dier, Delph, Rose, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane.

Subs: Walker, Lingard, Henderson, Vardy, Butland, Welbeck, Cahill, Young, Rashford, Alli, Alexander-Arnold, Pope.

18:45
WATCH: ‘SOUTHGATE REASON FOR ENGLAND’S SUCCESS’

Former England striker Dean Ashton says Gareth Southgate’s influence on the players was the biggest reason for their World Cup success in Russia

18:44
OPTA STAT

England’s defeat to Croatia in their last match was their 100th competitive defeat – each of their last six competitive losses have been at major tournaments (five at the World Cup, one at the European Championships).

18:42
PRICE BOOSTS

Strong teams & we usually get goals in the third place game. As such we’ve doubled Lukaku’s price for scring a brace from 5/1 to 10/1 with our Double Up Boost.

Elsewhere, we’ve got Harry Kane to score anytime at 5/4 and Kane & Lukaku both to score at 9/2.

18:37
BELGIUM v ENGLAND LIVE!

The warm-ups are well underway in St Petersburg.

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18:35
MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Today’s referee is Alireza Faghani from Iran.

18:30
WHAT NEXT FOR ENGLAND?

In a few hours time England’s World Cup will be over!

The dream of lifting the trophy ended in defeat to Croatia last Wednesday and an opportunity has slipped by, but where do they go from here? There is plenty of cause for optimism despite the immediate disappointment, writes Adam Bate.

Read the feature in full HERE!

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18:20
OPTA STAT

Harry Kane has had just one shot on target in his last three World Cup matches – his penalty goal against Colombia in the last 16. Kane has not had a shot on target in his last four hours and 33 minutes of action at the World Cup.

18:17
SPURS v SPURS

And now some of the Tottenham players from both sides greet each other before the match…

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18:15
BELGIUM v ENGLAND – TEAM NEWS

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18:10
MAN CITY v MAN CITY

The Manchester City players from both England and Belgium greet each other ahead of kick-off…

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18:08
OPTA STAT

Belgium and England are the first teams to face each other twice at a World Cup tournament since Turkey played Brazil twice at the 2002 World Cup.

18:07
VOTE: GOAL OF THE WORLD CUP

The 2018 World Cup in Russia has witnessed some great goals – now it’s over to you to pick your favourite.

With just two games remaining at this summer’s tournament, we have picked out 20 of the best strikes to have graced a competition which has not failed to deliver.

From two in the early tournament classic between Spain and Portugal to more recent efforts from Argentina’s Angel Di Maria and England’s Kieran Trippier, there are some superb strikes to choose from.

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18:05
WORLD CUP: RUSSIA REPORT

All the latest ahead of England v Belgium this afternoon plus Ivan Rakitic on Croatia’s respect for World Cup final opponents France…

18:03
CHARLIE’S PREDICTION

“I think there’s more in it for Belgium than England, who have made their statement and, even though a lot of people have got carried away, do deserve applause.

“England have come on a hell of a way over the last two years, whereas Roberto Martinez has simply taken advantage of a team of talented players which suited the way he likes to play, so there’s more pressure on him to get the win here.

“Gareth Southgate is the winner overall and I think, with his humility, he will give everybody a chance. Roberto Martinez will only make a couple of changes, especially with Romelu Lukaku still hungry for the Golden Boot.”

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 ()

17:57
‘VERY IMPORTANT MATCH FOR BELGIUM’

For Belgium there is the chance to secure their best World Cup finish – bettering their fourth place in 1986.

Roberto Martinez has said “once the dust settles, it’s very much an important fixture”.

“You always want to push the achievements of a football nation,” he added. “And they want to be the best Belgian team ever and are ready to perform.”

17:54
GOLDEN BOOT RACE

So, the battle for the Golden Boot is on as Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku both start for their respective teams.

Kane currently tops the charts with six goals, two ahead of Lukaku. The closest challengers in Sunday’s final are France duo Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, who have both scored three.

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17:51
OPTA STAT

Before losing 1-0 to Belgium at this year’s World Cup, England had lost just one of their previous 21 meetings with them (W15 D5).

17:50
BELGIUM CHANGES

It’s two changes for Belgium as Roberto Martinez brings Thomas Meunier back from suspension and Youri Tielemans comes into the starting line-up.

Moussa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini drop out.

17:48
ENGLAND CHANGES

England have made five changes to the side that lost to Croatia last Wednesday.

Kyle Walker, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Ashley Young and Dele Alli all drop out with Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all coming into the starting line-up.

17:44
ENGLAND TEAM NEWS

Team to face Belgium: Pickford, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Dier, Delph, Rose, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane.

Subs: Walker, Lingard, Henderson, Vardy, Butland, Welbeck, Cahill, Young, Rashford, Alli, Alexander-Arnold, Pope.

17:44
BELGIUM TEAM NEWS

Team to face England: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Tielemans, Chadli, Lukaku, Hazard.

Subs: Vermaelen, Fellaini, Carrasco, Mignolet, Casteels, Mertens, Hazard, Januzaj, Dembele, Boyata, Batshuayi, Dendoncker.

17:41
PREVIOUS MEETING…

Have two sides ever met twice at the same World Cup with so little at stake in either game?

When they clashed in the group stages, England made eight changes and Belgium made nine, for a game that neither seemed too keen to win for fear of ending up on the “harder” half of the draw.

It was Belgium who ended up edging the contest and finishing top of Group G after Adnan Januzaj’s brilliant strike in the 51st minute.

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17:38
ENGLAND TEAM NEWS

Sky sources understand England will make four changes from the semi-final defeat to Croatia.

Harry Kane is expected to start as he chases Golden Boot.

Kieran Trippier is also set to start, despite picking up a groin injury three days ago.

Jordan Pickford will keep his place in goal, while the four players that are set to be rested are Kyle Walker, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli and Ashley Young.

The four probable replacements are Gary Cahill, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose.

17:35
THE RACE FOR THE GOLDEN BOOT…

Thomas Muller clinched the Golden Boot with a goal in the third-place play-off in 2010.

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17:34
ANYTHING ELSE TO LOOK OUT FOR?

Finishing third or fourth may not make much difference in the grand scheme of things, it is important to remember goals scored in the third-place play-off count towards the Golden Boot prize.

Harry Kane has six goals to Romelu Lukaku’s four, while Antoine Griezmann has three for France.

With at least three goals scored in every third-place play-off since 1974, there are sure to be opportunities to move up the standings.

In 1990 Salvatore Schillaci scored a penalty four minutes from time against England to seal the Golden Boot prize, while Davor Suker repeated the trick in 1998 and Thomas Muller did the same in 2010.

17:32
RECENT THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFFS

2014: Holland 3-0 Brazil
2010: Germany 3-2 Uruguay
2006: Germany 3-1 Portugal
2002: Turkey 3-2 South Korea
1998: Croatia 2-1 Holland
1994: Sweden 4-0 Bulgaria
1990: Italy 2-1 England

17:31
WHAT’S THE HISTORY BEHIND IT?

There has been a third-place play-off at World Cups since the second edition in 1934 in Italy, when Germany beat Austria 3-2.

While the European Championships dispensed with the extra game in 1980, the often relaxed, high-scoring contests remain in the World Cup.

Some countries place higher importance on finishing third than others – Croatia (1998) and Sweden (1994) celebrated their ‘bronze’ medal match wins after memorable campaigns but other countries use it as a chance to field fringe players who have been short on game time (France captain, Michel Platini, for instance, didn’t play in 1982 or 1986).

And on occasion, the match can sum up the tone for teams, such as Brazil’s painful 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands, which rubbed salt into the wounds from their 7-1 thrashing by Germany on home soil in 2014.

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17:29
WHEN AND WHERE IS THIRD-PLACE -PLAY-OFF?

The third-place play-off kicks off at 3pm.
The 65,000-capacity Saint Petersburg Stadium is the venue.

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17:28
THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF EXPLAINED

So after England and Belgium lost their World Cup semi-finals, they still have one more game to play… the third-place play-off.

It may be tough to recover from the disappointment of missing out on a place in the final, but the extra fixture does at least give nations the opportunity to finish on a high.

In the next few posts we’ll be telling you all you need to know about the match…

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17:24
EARLY BELGIUM TEAM NEWS

Roberto Martinez may choose to rest striker Romelu Lukaku despite being within two goals of Harry Kane in the chase for the Golden Boot.

Adnan Janujaz is likely to be handed another start, while Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco are also in the running for a spot.

Thomas Meunier, who was suspended for the semi-final, is available again.

17:23
EARLY ENGLAND TEAM NEWS

Gareth Southgate is not intending to make wholesale changes for the game but will assess the players’ fitness levels before choosing his side.

He said: “Everyone wants to play but sometimes it is not a good decision to play someone if their energy is not there. It won’t be the same XI but we want to make as few changes as possible.”

Kieran Trippier was seemingly a major doubt after tweaking a nerve in his groin against Croatia but did take part in training ahead of today’s match. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson, Kyle Walker and Ashley Young may be given a rest.

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17:19
SOUTHGATE WANTS TO END ON A HIGH

Despite the potential non-competitive edge to the match, England boss Gareth Southgate really wants to end what has been a positive tournament for his team on a high…

“Emotionally it has been a difficult few days but the players are incredible,” he said. “They are a pleasure to work with. They have an energy and desire.

“We want to finish the tournament well. We have set a standard of how we work and how we play. We have high motivation to perform. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.

“There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well.”

17:15
BELGIUM v ENGLAND LIVE!

It’s almost time for the game no side wants to be in!

Welcome to Sky Sports’ coverage of the World Cup’s Bronze medal match! England’s Russian adventure finishes with a chance to secure their second-best finish in a World Cup with a win over Belgium in the third-place play-off.

The teams meet for the second time at these finals, having also met at the group stage – Belgium won 1-0 with a stunning strike from Adnan Januzaj. They both progressed to the semi-finals before their tournaments came crashing down. They now must regain composure and focus while not ruing that missed shot at playing in the biggest game in world football.

PREVIEW:

Belgium v England will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup Third-place play-off in Russia on Saturday July 14. Belgium v England match will be held at in St Petersburg,, Russia. England face Belgium in third-place play-off;Croatia to play France in first ever World Cup final.

Team and Squad News

England’s squad

England’s 23-man final squad:  Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

Belgium’s  squad

Belgium’s 28-man preliminary squad:  Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel; Michy Batshuayi, Yannick Carrasco, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Thomas Meunier (PSG)

Midfielders: Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Nacer Chadli (West Brom)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang)

Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, Hazard