World Cup match report Belgium v England 14 July 2018

England sad

TEAM NEWS England manager Gareth Southgate made five changes to his team for World Cup third-place play-off against Belgium but the tournament's top scorer Harry Kane starts.

Motivation is often the key factor in a Match for Third Place and Belgium may have the stronger impetus.

His Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez was similarly unenthused about the game after his side were beaten 1-0 by France on Tuesday.

Even so, he said he would try to lift his team. We saw what the Olympics was like.

The third-place match was dropped from the European championship by UEFA following the 1980 tournament but has remained part of the World Cup calendar despite complaints. But Saturday presents the chance for greatness, as bronze would see them exceed the heralded side who finished fourth at Mexico 1986.

"It's the chance to have our second-best-ever finish and the chance for the players to get a medal", Southgate was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

The two losing semifinalists bring their World Cup to an end on Saturday in the game nobody wants to play; the third-place playoff.

"Belgium have been on a brilliant journey and will want to finish well, and we want to do the same", Southgate said.

Lifting England's disappointed heads, less than 72 hours after their World Cup dream slipped away, will be a real test for Gareth Southgate. Federation Internationale de Football Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Belgium and England meet for the second time in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and this time the game is nearly as meaningless as their first meeting with only 3rd place on the line.

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Anderson had already won the first point of the game but was blown back while returning yet another of Isner's monstrous serves. Anderson had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner hit long.

- England are also battling for bronze for a second time, denied by hosts Italy in 1990 when Salvatore Schillaci netted a late penalty victor in a 2-1 victory.

One player who will be particularly keen to play will be England forward Harry Kane who is now the top scorer in the tournament and has a chance to win the Golden Boot.

- Belgium won their first five matches in Russian Federation to set a new Belgian record for consecutive victories at the World Cup.

The spirit within the England squad that has been built and fostered over the last 18-months has become even stronger during the group's time together in Russian Federation. And in India, Sony Liv will stream the World Cup match, as will the Jio TV app for fans who want to watch England vs. Belgium on mobile devices.

"They have scored nine goals from dead-ball situations and that is going to be a good test for us".

England will aim to achieve their best finish since they won the competition in 1966.

England lost 2-1 to Croatia after extra time in their semi-final on Wednesday and Southgate said it had been a tough loss to process. We had had six matches playing with this system [before the World Cup] and players are now a lot clearer in what they're doing.

23' - Harry Kane will have to wait just a bit longer to extend his goal-scoring total this tournament.

If things went their way, this could have easily been the World Cup final.

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