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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 for a third-place play-off on July 14, 2018.

After a tournament which promised so much, England are heading home from the World Cup empty-handed as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard were enough to secure a third-placed finish for the Red Devils.

80th minute, 1-0 Belgium: A fantastic Belgium counter attack almost ends with another goal from Thomas Meunier, but his powerful volley is saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Belgium bookended the game with goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard to achieve their best-ever result in the tournament.

The penultimate match in the 2018 Fifa World Cup takes place on Saturday afternoon when England take on Belgium in the third and fourth place playoff. They outshot Belgium 15-12 and took six shots on goal, compared to just four for the winning team.

When these two teams last met, the outcome would determine which would finish top of Group G and consequently navigate the so-called "harder" route to the final.

Modric has inspired Croatia to making history this summer, while Mbappe will be just the third teenager ever to play in a World Cup final.

Neutral fans should reserve their pity for Belgium, the most deserving side not featuring in tomorrow's World Cup final. All three of those "internet TV" services require credit card information and subscription fees, but they all offer seven-day free trial periods.

Meunier's goal came after Romelu Lukaku swung the ball out left to Nacer Chadli who burst down the wing and slipped the ball across the face of the goal and the midfielder confidently slotted past Jordan Pickford. To try to finish third in the World Cup doesn't happen often.

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Belgium, meanwhile, have kept largely with their strongest team as manager Roberto Martinez aims to end the tournament on a high.

Southgate says his selection will be based primarily on the fitness of individual players suggesting he will resist the temptation to give some fringe players a run-out. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd.

It's not coming home but England will want to go out on a high after giving supporters a World Cup to remember.

England were on top for most of the second half but with captain Harry Kane looking exhausted, Belgium's greater sharpness in the final third proved decisive.

What now for Belgium's "Golden Generation" of players? We will want to give a performance of huge pride.

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Southgate responded to the deficit by introducing Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in place of Sterling and Danny Rose at the interval.

"So there's a lot of motivation for us, and of course Belgium have beaten us once already and we would like to address that as well".


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