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Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored as Belgium secured third place despite England’s best efforts in the second half

“I thought we played really well in the second half. We had them on the ropes for the first half hour of that but we couldn’t get the goal. We had that one cleared off the line .. I can’t fault the lads, we gave it everything.

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We’ve closed the gap but today shows there’s still room for improvement. We’ve said that all along. We’re still learning, still improving.”


Regarding the Golden Boot, in which he has a three goals lead over Kylian Mbappe & Antoine Griezmann, he says: “It shows we had a very good group stage and scored a lot of goal. Obviously I’m disappointed I couldn’t get a goal in the last few games but that’s football. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn’t. We’ll see what happens tomorrow: if I get it, it’ll be something I’ll be very proud of.”

Belgium have taken the bronze medal, they very least they deserve from a strong campaign. England finish fourth, equalling their best ever achievement at an overseas World Cup và surpassing all reasonable people’s pre-tournament predictions. Having said that, given how the draw panned out, this was a par result. Beyond results, however, they played or at least acted with a personality that rekindled their country’s affection for their national team and that will be the abiding memory for them from the 2018 World Cup.

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Super goal. De Bruyne collected the ball in midfield và turned and ran at England. He then slipped ball into Hazard as Jones got his feet in a muddle. That’s something Hazard never does: instead he bore down và Pickford và picked his spot into the bottom corner.

Belgium have been the better side and deserve their lead.

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Meunier pokes home from six yards after a cross from the right by Chadli!

After the ITV pundits dismiss Luka Modric’s claim that perceived arrogance by English pundits helped motivated Croatia, Gareth Southgate pops up khổng lồ give his thoughts on today’s game, stressing that his team have an opportunity to become the highest-achieving England side in a World Cup bot held in Wembley:


We have two choices. We play well và finish fourth and go trang chủ having shown improvement ... Or we put on a performance & the players go trang chủ with a medal and as the best-ever team lớn have left our shores.

would be lovely for the players and staff to lớn go trang chủ knowing they have achieved something special. People can look at the route to this stage and everything else but I’m not sure anyone in our country thought we’d come here và be playing seven matches here.


Regarding his team selection, he says: “Every player was up for playing . We had to make a decision on some who we didn’t think it was right to start và try lớn reenergise the team. The mentality has been brilliant.”

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


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


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


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


Referee: A Faghani (Ira)

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Hello và welcome lớn the match that no one dreams of playing in but, now that Belgium và England are here, both will do their utmost to lớn win. Hopefully. For England victory would represent their second-best finish of all time, while for Belgian it would be the country’s biggest footballing achievement ever, and give their golden generation a bronze medal to lớn point to. As for us smile spectators, the third place playoff is usually a treat, since teams tend to play with more abandon than when the stakes are truly high: not since 1974 has one of these affairs failed to produce at least three goals. Và let’s not forget that if Romelu Lukaku scores that many today, he could pinch the Golden Boot off poor Harry Kane.

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