Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

The glorified friendly was settled by Thomas Meunier's fourth-minute tap in and a third goal of the tournament for Eden Hazard as Belgium secured a second victory over England in Russian Federation following their 1-0 success in the group stages.

Belgium can take pride in achieving its best-ever finish in a World Cup, but unlike England, youth is not necessarily on this team's side. "Against the very best teams, we've come up short".

While Southgate was proud of his young team's achievement, he said they were under no "illusions" about where they stand in world football.

They wanted to play the safe pass, while Belgium moved the ball from their defence to attack at a frightening pace, driven by the fantastic Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

Gareth Southgate replaced Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Jordan Henderson with Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus Cheek and Eric Dier.

England players look on as Belgium is recognised as the third place winne.

Belgium\'s Thomas Meunier scores the opening goal.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium v/s England 3rd place play-off match will be played at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

It is their second game against Belgium at the 2018 competition following a 1-0 defeat in the group stage, when both sides rested players after securing a place in the knockout stage.

"With this winning mentality you can win trophies", said Eden Hazard, who scored Belgium's second goal.

For the second time at the 2018 World Cup, Belgium has defeated England. He has hugged the touchline on both wings throughout the World Cup.

Harry Kane: A stand-out key player for England throughout the tournament, the Tottenham Hotspur striker showed composure throughout the tournament.

50th minute, 1-0 Belgium: England needs more from captain Harry Kane.

A gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra-time denied England a shot at a second World Cup triumph, instead setting up a consolation game against familiar foes Belgium.

"The lads couldn't have given any more".

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.

MF Eric Dier, 7 - Looked nearly certain to be overwhelmed in midfield as Belgium dominated the first half, and was not ambitious enough with his passing. England. I think Harry Kane scores another goal to increase his lead on the Golden Boot, making it a flawless 10/10 Tottenham. We know exactly the areas where we hope to get better.

Jordan Pickford: Despite conceding two against Croatia, Pickford has been one of the unsung heroes for the English side throughout this World Cup. That holds true even if the two teams that are playing are arguably two of the most entertaining teams in the tournament. The counter attack builds up so nicely, but a Kevin De Bruyne backheel was timed poorly and reached England's defense.