Belgium's players celebrate their victory with fans after 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.
A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier and an 82nd minute Eden Hazard strike earned Belgium the victory and the third-place, which improves on their previous best performance of a fourth-place finish in 1986.
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. The Belgians grabbed an immediate lead through Thomas Meunier who netted the go-ahead goal inside the match's first five minutes, before doubling their lead in the game's final stretch through a late Eden Hazard strike. Like the group stage meeting between the two sides though, Belgium should have just enough to outclass England, with Harry Kane's likely Golden Boot win a consolation prize for the Three Lions.
Romelu Lukaku was two goals behind leading man Harry Kane and the Belgium frontman had his fair share of opportunities to close the gap.
The two sides have already faced each other once, in their final group stage game, with Belgium edging out England 1-0 in a closely contested affair. But we have high motivation to perform and finish with a medal at a World Cup, which only one English team have ever done.
England were finishing with their best spell of open play of the tournament but always susceptible to the counter-attack it took another remarkable save from Pickford, this time from Meunier to keep them in the game.
It is England's last World Cup finals match for at least four years and their last in the British summer for at least eight, after Federation Internationale de Football Association announced the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would be held in November and December.
The goal means Belgium have had 10 different goalscorers at this World Cup - equaling the record set by France in 1982 and Italy in 2006.
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France and Mbappe meet De Bruyne and his worldwide colleagues in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final in St Petersburg. If we do not make it to the final, or do not become world champions, that would also be a disappointment.
The World Cup third place play-off kicks off on Saturday 14 July at 3pm at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
Southgate said he wants to make "as few changes as possible", but may need to switch some players due to injury and illness.
Belgium won 1-0 and were rewarded with games against Japan, Brazil, and France while England played Colombia, Sweden, and Croatia, but the end result for both sides was the same - semifinal elimination.
But for the supporters and players alike it is completely meaningless and, if anything, has worked to siphon some of the pride from England's tournament success. "To be able to finish third, the best finish for the Belgian national team, would be an achievement we salute more than individual awards".
It's not coming home but England will want to go out on a high after giving supporters a World Cup to remember.
It desperately needed changing and the introduction of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford at the break added fresh life. Belgium are at their peak, we're nowhere near our peak now.