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FIFA warns FA about behaviour after England's semi-final with Croatia
FIFA has warned the Football Association about fan behaviour after 'political chants' during England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. FIFA's disciplinary committee issued charges on Thursday and, having studied footage, have determined a small minority of those in attendance at the Luzhniki Stadium were guilty of misconduct. Chants of 'no surrender' were heard during the national anthems, though no details were given of the infringement. 'The decision was taken after having analysed the respective evidence available and considered all factors surrounding the infringement, including the fact that the incident was triggered by a very small group of fans,' said an official statement. The FA has also been fined around £50,000 for breaching tournament rules on marketing and equipment - understood to be the use of branded ankle support socks over approved kit. It is the second time England have been penalised for wearing the socks, having also been fined the same amount after the quarter-final. The FIFA statement added: 'Two members of the English national team displayed unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items during the above-mentioned match. 'FIFA had previously requested The Football Association to cease the activity that led to the breach and had in fact imposed a sanction on 10 July for the same infringement that had been caused by a higher number of members of the English national team.'
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FIFA warns FA about behaviour after England's semi-final with Croatia
FIFA has warned the Football Association about fan behaviour after 'political chants' during England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. FIFA's disciplinary committee issued charges on Thursday and, having studied footage, have determined a small minority of those in attendance at the Luzhniki Stadium were guilty of misconduct. Chants of 'no surrender' were heard during the national anthems, though no details were given of the infringement. 'The decision was taken after having analysed the respective evidence available and considered all factors surrounding the infringement, including the fact that the incident was triggered by a very small group of fans,' said an official statement. The FA has also been fined around £50,000 for breaching tournament rules on marketing and equipment - understood to be the use of branded ankle support socks over approved kit. It is the second time England have been penalised for wearing the socks, having also been fined the same amount after the quarter-final. The FIFA statement added: 'Two members of the English national team displayed unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items during the above-mentioned match. 'FIFA had previously requested The Football Association to cease the activity that led to the breach and had in fact imposed a sanction on 10 July for the same infringement that had been caused by a higher number of members of the English national team.'
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FIFA warns FA about behaviour after England's semi-final with Croatia
FIFA has warned the Football Association about fan behaviour after 'political chants' during England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. FIFA's disciplinary committee issued charges on Thursday and, having studied footage, have determined a small minority of those in attendance at the Luzhniki Stadium were guilty of misconduct. Chants of 'no surrender' were heard during the national anthems, though no details were given of the infringement. 'The decision was taken after having analysed the respective evidence available and considered all factors surrounding the infringement, including the fact that the incident was triggered by a very small group of fans,' said an official statement. The FA has also been fined around £50,000 for breaching tournament rules on marketing and equipment - understood to be the use of branded ankle support socks over approved kit. It is the second time England have been penalised for wearing the socks, having also been fined the same amount after the quarter-final. The FIFA statement added: 'Two members of the English national team displayed unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items during the above-mentioned match. 'FIFA had previously requested The Football Association to cease the activity that led to the breach and had in fact imposed a sanction on 10 July for the same infringement that had been caused by a higher number of members of the English national team.'
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Failed to Achieve 3rd Place, Harry Kane Expects Gold Shoes Trouble
England striker Harry Kane admitted his team's disappointment failed to become the 3rd champion of the 2018 World Cup. Kane said that the disappointment could be slightly reduced if he won the trophy of World Cup 2018 footwear. Kane and his colleagues had to return to England with their heads bowed. The reason they failed to win the title of three World Cup 2018 after defeated Belgium with a score of 2-0 last night. Despite the defeat, England still have a chance to boast. Their striker and captain Harry Kane is currently leading the 2018 World Cup top scorer list with 6 goals, of which he scored six goals in the group phase Kane himself assessed his six goals was proof that England played well. "The goals show that we played well in the group phase, where we scored a lot of goals," Kane told ITV Sports. ✓Can Be Better Again Kane alone became an important figure for England. Although not scoring goals, he contributed so much that England could advance to the semi-finals. Even so, Kane himself admitted upset because he could not increase the coffers of his goals in the knockout phase phase. "Of course I am disappointed, because I can not score in the last few games." ✓Treat sadness Kane himself admitted that the World Cup golden trophy trophy would somewhat cure his disappointment after England lost to Belgium. "Sometimes the trophy is destined for you and sometimes the trophy is not destined for you." "But if I had the chance to win the trophy then the trophy would be something I'm very proud of in my life." he said. ✓Great Opportunity So far there are only two players who have the potential to shift Kane from the list of top-scorer World Cup 2018, namely Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Both strikers of this French national team must print a hat trick to the Croatian goalkeeper before establishing himself as the winner of the golden shoe trophy.
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Failed to Achieve 3rd Place, Harry Kane Expects Gold Shoes Trouble
England striker Harry Kane admitted his team's disappointment failed to become the 3rd champion of the 2018 World Cup. Kane said that the disappointment could be slightly reduced if he won the trophy of World Cup 2018 footwear. Kane and his colleagues had to return to England with their heads bowed. The reason they failed to win the title of three World Cup 2018 after defeated Belgium with a score of 2-0 last night. Despite the defeat, England still have a chance to boast. Their striker and captain Harry Kane is currently leading the 2018 World Cup top scorer list with 6 goals, of which he scored six goals in the group phase Kane himself assessed his six goals was proof that England played well. "The goals show that we played well in the group phase, where we scored a lot of goals," Kane told ITV Sports. ✓Can Be Better Again Kane alone became an important figure for England. Although not scoring goals, he contributed so much that England could advance to the semi-finals. Even so, Kane himself admitted upset because he could not increase the coffers of his goals in the knockout phase phase. "Of course I am disappointed, because I can not score in the last few games." ✓Treat sadness Kane himself admitted that the World Cup golden trophy trophy would somewhat cure his disappointment after England lost to Belgium. "Sometimes the trophy is destined for you and sometimes the trophy is not destined for you." "But if I had the chance to win the trophy then the trophy would be something I'm very proud of in my life." he said. ✓Great Opportunity So far there are only two players who have the potential to shift Kane from the list of top-scorer World Cup 2018, namely Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Both strikers of this French national team must print a hat trick to the Croatian goalkeeper before establishing himself as the winner of the golden shoe trophy.
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Failed to Achieve 3rd Place, Harry Kane Expects Gold Shoes Trouble
England striker Harry Kane admitted his team's disappointment failed to become the 3rd champion of the 2018 World Cup. Kane said that the disappointment could be slightly reduced if he won the trophy of World Cup 2018 footwear. Kane and his colleagues had to return to England with their heads bowed. The reason they failed to win the title of three World Cup 2018 after defeated Belgium with a score of 2-0 last night. Despite the defeat, England still have a chance to boast. Their striker and captain Harry Kane is currently leading the 2018 World Cup top scorer list with 6 goals, of which he scored six goals in the group phase Kane himself assessed his six goals was proof that England played well. "The goals show that we played well in the group phase, where we scored a lot of goals," Kane told ITV Sports. ✓Can Be Better Again Kane alone became an important figure for England. Although not scoring goals, he contributed so much that England could advance to the semi-finals. Even so, Kane himself admitted upset because he could not increase the coffers of his goals in the knockout phase phase. "Of course I am disappointed, because I can not score in the last few games." ✓Treat sadness Kane himself admitted that the World Cup golden trophy trophy would somewhat cure his disappointment after England lost to Belgium. "Sometimes the trophy is destined for you and sometimes the trophy is not destined for you." "But if I had the chance to win the trophy then the trophy would be something I'm very proud of in my life." he said. ✓Great Opportunity So far there are only two players who have the potential to shift Kane from the list of top-scorer World Cup 2018, namely Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Both strikers of this French national team must print a hat trick to the Croatian goalkeeper before establishing himself as the winner of the golden shoe trophy.
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Belgium 2-0 England: Meunier & Hazard goals see Red Devils get 3rd place finish at WC
World Cup Match Reports Who will claim World Cup title in the end? Belgium 2-0 England: Meunier & Hazard goals see Red Devils get 3rd place finish at WC 51 minutes ago / R47 England's encouraging World Cup performance ended with successive defeats as Belgium claimed third spot in Russia. 2018 World Cup 2 - 0 Thomas Meunier (4') Eden Hazard (82') Match Events 4' GOAL! Belgium 1-0 England (Meunier) Belgium make a flying start to the game! England leave too much room for Chadli on the left side, who whips a low cross into the middle where Meunier pokes home. A slick and swift Belgium move, with De Bruyne, Lukaku and Hazard all involved in the build-up before Chadli's killer ball provided the assist. 12' Pickford bravely denies De Bruyne effort England are all over the place in defence as Lukaku's poor pass somehow bobbles through to De Bruyne, who sees his shot at goal deflected and then saved by Pickford. 16' A heavy touch from Lukaku sees him miss a chance Belgium continue to look dangerous when they push into the final third, with De Bruyne finding room to work with and playing teasing balls through to Lukaku. 23' What a chance missed by Kane! Sterling brings a long ball down superbly before teeing the ball across to Kane, who lashes a shot off target. 34' CLOSE! Alderweireld's shot over the bar Belgium earn their first corner of the game after Stones deflects Hazard's shot behind and De Bruyne tries something different, blasting a low ball to the edge of the area... Tielemans does not strike cleanly but it bounces up for Alderweireld, who volleys narrowly over the bar. 55' Lukaku poor touch wastes a clear chance A superb cross-field pass from De Bruyne sees Belgiuym break on the counter, feeding Meunier before receiving possession again. He then tees a through ball to Lukaku but Pickford is quick off his line to collect. 70' Dier goal-bound shot cleared off the line by Alderweireld Dier dances through the midfield, playing a one-two with Rashford, and then chipping an attempt over Courtois... However, Alderweireld is alert to the danger and hooks the ball away to deny a certain goal. 79' WHAT A SAVE from Pickford to deny Meunier! Pickford keeps England in the game! Belgium hit on the counter once again and their move is sublime. De Bruyne tees a ball through to Hazard, who's first-time cross is volleyed by Meunier and forces Pickford to make a stunning stop. 82' GOAL! Belgium 2-0 England (Hazard) More superb build-up play from Belgium finishes with De Bruyne playing a perfectly-weighted pass through to Hazard, who surges into the box and drills into the bottom left-hand corner. De Bruyne, as he so often does, has been running the show in midfield and certainly deserves his assist. Match Report Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard combined to secure Belgium's best performance at a World Cup as they edged England 2-0 in the third-place play-off in St Petersburg on Saturday. Having fallen one match shy of a maiden final appearance in Tuesday's slim 1-0 defeat to France, the Red Devils' vaunted golden generation lifted themselves off the canvass to improve upon the fourth-place finish managed by Enzo Scifo, Jan Ceulemans and company in 1986. Meunier was the unlikely hero early on as his close-range finish in the opening exchanges denied England what would have been their best tournament result since lifting the trophy 52 years ago. Belgium's electrifying start mirrored that which Gareth Southgate's men had made in their semi-final loss to Croatia, when a Kieran Trippier free-kick in the fifth minute looked likely to book them a second berth on the big stage. But they eventually fell in extra time then and again conceded late in a less pressurised environment this time around, Hazard wrapping up victory - and Belgium's second tournament win over England - with his third of the campaign in the 82nd minute. Harry Kane's struggles in the knockout rounds continued but, with Romelu Lukaku unable to add to the four he netted in Group G, should take home England's only silverware as the likely Golden Boot winner, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann three goals behind Kane's tally of six.
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Belgium 2-0 England: Meunier & Hazard goals see Red Devils get 3rd place finish at WC
World Cup Match Reports Who will claim World Cup title in the end? Belgium 2-0 England: Meunier & Hazard goals see Red Devils get 3rd place finish at WC 51 minutes ago / R47 England's encouraging World Cup performance ended with successive defeats as Belgium claimed third spot in Russia. 2018 World Cup 2 - 0 Thomas Meunier (4') Eden Hazard (82') Match Events 4' GOAL! Belgium 1-0 England (Meunier) Belgium make a flying start to the game! England leave too much room for Chadli on the left side, who whips a low cross into the middle where Meunier pokes home. A slick and swift Belgium move, with De Bruyne, Lukaku and Hazard all involved in the build-up before Chadli's killer ball provided the assist. 12' Pickford bravely denies De Bruyne effort England are all over the place in defence as Lukaku's poor pass somehow bobbles through to De Bruyne, who sees his shot at goal deflected and then saved by Pickford. 16' A heavy touch from Lukaku sees him miss a chance Belgium continue to look dangerous when they push into the final third, with De Bruyne finding room to work with and playing teasing balls through to Lukaku. 23' What a chance missed by Kane! Sterling brings a long ball down superbly before teeing the ball across to Kane, who lashes a shot off target. 34' CLOSE! Alderweireld's shot over the bar Belgium earn their first corner of the game after Stones deflects Hazard's shot behind and De Bruyne tries something different, blasting a low ball to the edge of the area... Tielemans does not strike cleanly but it bounces up for Alderweireld, who volleys narrowly over the bar. 55' Lukaku poor touch wastes a clear chance A superb cross-field pass from De Bruyne sees Belgiuym break on the counter, feeding Meunier before receiving possession again. He then tees a through ball to Lukaku but Pickford is quick off his line to collect. 70' Dier goal-bound shot cleared off the line by Alderweireld Dier dances through the midfield, playing a one-two with Rashford, and then chipping an attempt over Courtois... However, Alderweireld is alert to the danger and hooks the ball away to deny a certain goal. 79' WHAT A SAVE from Pickford to deny Meunier! Pickford keeps England in the game! Belgium hit on the counter once again and their move is sublime. De Bruyne tees a ball through to Hazard, who's first-time cross is volleyed by Meunier and forces Pickford to make a stunning stop. 82' GOAL! Belgium 2-0 England (Hazard) More superb build-up play from Belgium finishes with De Bruyne playing a perfectly-weighted pass through to Hazard, who surges into the box and drills into the bottom left-hand corner. De Bruyne, as he so often does, has been running the show in midfield and certainly deserves his assist. Match Report Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard combined to secure Belgium's best performance at a World Cup as they edged England 2-0 in the third-place play-off in St Petersburg on Saturday. Having fallen one match shy of a maiden final appearance in Tuesday's slim 1-0 defeat to France, the Red Devils' vaunted golden generation lifted themselves off the canvass to improve upon the fourth-place finish managed by Enzo Scifo, Jan Ceulemans and company in 1986. Meunier was the unlikely hero early on as his close-range finish in the opening exchanges denied England what would have been their best tournament result since lifting the trophy 52 years ago. Belgium's electrifying start mirrored that which Gareth Southgate's men had made in their semi-final loss to Croatia, when a Kieran Trippier free-kick in the fifth minute looked likely to book them a second berth on the big stage. But they eventually fell in extra time then and again conceded late in a less pressurised environment this time around, Hazard wrapping up victory - and Belgium's second tournament win over England - with his third of the campaign in the 82nd minute. Harry Kane's struggles in the knockout rounds continued but, with Romelu Lukaku unable to add to the four he netted in Group G, should take home England's only silverware as the likely Golden Boot winner, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann three goals behind Kane's tally of six.
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Belgium 2-0 England: Meunier & Hazard goals see Red Devils get 3rd place finish at WC
World Cup Match Reports Who will claim World Cup title in the end? Belgium 2-0 England: Meunier & Hazard goals see Red Devils get 3rd place finish at WC 51 minutes ago / R47 England's encouraging World Cup performance ended with successive defeats as Belgium claimed third spot in Russia. 2018 World Cup 2 - 0 Thomas Meunier (4') Eden Hazard (82') Match Events 4' GOAL! Belgium 1-0 England (Meunier) Belgium make a flying start to the game! England leave too much room for Chadli on the left side, who whips a low cross into the middle where Meunier pokes home. A slick and swift Belgium move, with De Bruyne, Lukaku and Hazard all involved in the build-up before Chadli's killer ball provided the assist. 12' Pickford bravely denies De Bruyne effort England are all over the place in defence as Lukaku's poor pass somehow bobbles through to De Bruyne, who sees his shot at goal deflected and then saved by Pickford. 16' A heavy touch from Lukaku sees him miss a chance Belgium continue to look dangerous when they push into the final third, with De Bruyne finding room to work with and playing teasing balls through to Lukaku. 23' What a chance missed by Kane! Sterling brings a long ball down superbly before teeing the ball across to Kane, who lashes a shot off target. 34' CLOSE! Alderweireld's shot over the bar Belgium earn their first corner of the game after Stones deflects Hazard's shot behind and De Bruyne tries something different, blasting a low ball to the edge of the area... Tielemans does not strike cleanly but it bounces up for Alderweireld, who volleys narrowly over the bar. 55' Lukaku poor touch wastes a clear chance A superb cross-field pass from De Bruyne sees Belgiuym break on the counter, feeding Meunier before receiving possession again. He then tees a through ball to Lukaku but Pickford is quick off his line to collect. 70' Dier goal-bound shot cleared off the line by Alderweireld Dier dances through the midfield, playing a one-two with Rashford, and then chipping an attempt over Courtois... However, Alderweireld is alert to the danger and hooks the ball away to deny a certain goal. 79' WHAT A SAVE from Pickford to deny Meunier! Pickford keeps England in the game! Belgium hit on the counter once again and their move is sublime. De Bruyne tees a ball through to Hazard, who's first-time cross is volleyed by Meunier and forces Pickford to make a stunning stop. 82' GOAL! Belgium 2-0 England (Hazard) More superb build-up play from Belgium finishes with De Bruyne playing a perfectly-weighted pass through to Hazard, who surges into the box and drills into the bottom left-hand corner. De Bruyne, as he so often does, has been running the show in midfield and certainly deserves his assist. Match Report Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard combined to secure Belgium's best performance at a World Cup as they edged England 2-0 in the third-place play-off in St Petersburg on Saturday. Having fallen one match shy of a maiden final appearance in Tuesday's slim 1-0 defeat to France, the Red Devils' vaunted golden generation lifted themselves off the canvass to improve upon the fourth-place finish managed by Enzo Scifo, Jan Ceulemans and company in 1986. Meunier was the unlikely hero early on as his close-range finish in the opening exchanges denied England what would have been their best tournament result since lifting the trophy 52 years ago. Belgium's electrifying start mirrored that which Gareth Southgate's men had made in their semi-final loss to Croatia, when a Kieran Trippier free-kick in the fifth minute looked likely to book them a second berth on the big stage. But they eventually fell in extra time then and again conceded late in a less pressurised environment this time around, Hazard wrapping up victory - and Belgium's second tournament win over England - with his third of the campaign in the 82nd minute. Harry Kane's struggles in the knockout rounds continued but, with Romelu Lukaku unable to add to the four he netted in Group G, should take home England's only silverware as the likely Golden Boot winner, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann three goals behind Kane's tally of six.
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS Belgium and England
Belgium and England are the first teams to face twice at a World Cup tournament since Turkey played Brazil twice at the 2002 World Cup. Belgium have played in this fixture once before, finishing fourth in 1986 after losing 4-2 against France. Belgium have lost just two of their 26 matches under Roberto Martinez - his first in charge in September 2016 (0-2 vs Spain) and his most recent (0-1 vs France in the semi-final). England's only other game in a World Cup third-place play-off match was at the 1990 World Cup - they faced Italy and lost 2-1. Lukaku has scored 23 goals in his 23 appearances under Roberto Martinez for Belgium, though he has not scored in any of his last three. He has never gone four games without a goal for the national side since the Spaniard has been in charge. Harry Kane has had just one shot on target in his last three World Cup matches - his penalty goal against Colombia in the last 16. Kane has not had a shot on target in his last four hours and 33 minutes of action at the World Cup. REMINDER Belgium and England play each other for the second time at the 2018 World Cup and both games are relatively meaningless. The winner can claim third place at the 2018 World Cup but neither team want to be here. Belgium are the favourites after beating England earlier in the competition and will also benefit from an extra day's rest and the fact they didn't go to extra-time. England may also make changes as a result of their tiring match against Croatia, whereas Belgium can really play their best team.
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS Belgium and England
Belgium and England are the first teams to face twice at a World Cup tournament since Turkey played Brazil twice at the 2002 World Cup. Belgium have played in this fixture once before, finishing fourth in 1986 after losing 4-2 against France. Belgium have lost just two of their 26 matches under Roberto Martinez - his first in charge in September 2016 (0-2 vs Spain) and his most recent (0-1 vs France in the semi-final). England's only other game in a World Cup third-place play-off match was at the 1990 World Cup - they faced Italy and lost 2-1. Lukaku has scored 23 goals in his 23 appearances under Roberto Martinez for Belgium, though he has not scored in any of his last three. He has never gone four games without a goal for the national side since the Spaniard has been in charge. Harry Kane has had just one shot on target in his last three World Cup matches - his penalty goal against Colombia in the last 16. Kane has not had a shot on target in his last four hours and 33 minutes of action at the World Cup. REMINDER Belgium and England play each other for the second time at the 2018 World Cup and both games are relatively meaningless. The winner can claim third place at the 2018 World Cup but neither team want to be here. Belgium are the favourites after beating England earlier in the competition and will also benefit from an extra day's rest and the fact they didn't go to extra-time. England may also make changes as a result of their tiring match against Croatia, whereas Belgium can really play their best team.
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS Belgium and England
Belgium and England are the first teams to face twice at a World Cup tournament since Turkey played Brazil twice at the 2002 World Cup. Belgium have played in this fixture once before, finishing fourth in 1986 after losing 4-2 against France. Belgium have lost just two of their 26 matches under Roberto Martinez - his first in charge in September 2016 (0-2 vs Spain) and his most recent (0-1 vs France in the semi-final). England's only other game in a World Cup third-place play-off match was at the 1990 World Cup - they faced Italy and lost 2-1. Lukaku has scored 23 goals in his 23 appearances under Roberto Martinez for Belgium, though he has not scored in any of his last three. He has never gone four games without a goal for the national side since the Spaniard has been in charge. Harry Kane has had just one shot on target in his last three World Cup matches - his penalty goal against Colombia in the last 16. Kane has not had a shot on target in his last four hours and 33 minutes of action at the World Cup. REMINDER Belgium and England play each other for the second time at the 2018 World Cup and both games are relatively meaningless. The winner can claim third place at the 2018 World Cup but neither team want to be here. Belgium are the favourites after beating England earlier in the competition and will also benefit from an extra day's rest and the fact they didn't go to extra-time. England may also make changes as a result of their tiring match against Croatia, whereas Belgium can really play their best team.
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Belgium or England? Who can seal the third place to finish their WC adventure?
The two sides will face-off in the third-place fixture that most will have forgotten about by Sunday after being eliminated in the semi-finals. The teams meet for the second time at these finals, having also met at the group stage - Belgium won 1-0 with a stunning strike from Adnan Januzaj. They both progressed to the semi-finals before their tournaments came crashing down. They now must regain composure and focus while not ruing that missed shot at playing in the biggest game in world football. Despite the potential non-competitive edge to the match, England boss Gareth Southgate is wanting to end the tournament on a high. He said: "Emotionally it has been a difficult few days but the players are incredible. They are a pleasure to work with. They have an energy and desire. "We want to finish the tournament well. We have set a standard of how we work and how we play. "We have high motivation to perform. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done. "There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well." Ahead of the third-place play-off match in St Petersburg, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is confident his side are ready to play at their optimum despite their disappointing semi-final defeat to France. He said: "Once the dust settles, it's very much an important fixture. You always want to push the achievements of a football nation. "And they want to be the best Belgian team ever and are ready to perform."
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Belgium or England? Who can seal the third place to finish their WC adventure?
The two sides will face-off in the third-place fixture that most will have forgotten about by Sunday after being eliminated in the semi-finals. The teams meet for the second time at these finals, having also met at the group stage - Belgium won 1-0 with a stunning strike from Adnan Januzaj. They both progressed to the semi-finals before their tournaments came crashing down. They now must regain composure and focus while not ruing that missed shot at playing in the biggest game in world football. Despite the potential non-competitive edge to the match, England boss Gareth Southgate is wanting to end the tournament on a high. He said: "Emotionally it has been a difficult few days but the players are incredible. They are a pleasure to work with. They have an energy and desire. "We want to finish the tournament well. We have set a standard of how we work and how we play. "We have high motivation to perform. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done. "There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well." Ahead of the third-place play-off match in St Petersburg, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is confident his side are ready to play at their optimum despite their disappointing semi-final defeat to France. He said: "Once the dust settles, it's very much an important fixture. You always want to push the achievements of a football nation. "And they want to be the best Belgian team ever and are ready to perform."
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Belgium or England? Who can seal the third place to finish their WC adventure?
The two sides will face-off in the third-place fixture that most will have forgotten about by Sunday after being eliminated in the semi-finals. The teams meet for the second time at these finals, having also met at the group stage - Belgium won 1-0 with a stunning strike from Adnan Januzaj. They both progressed to the semi-finals before their tournaments came crashing down. They now must regain composure and focus while not ruing that missed shot at playing in the biggest game in world football. Despite the potential non-competitive edge to the match, England boss Gareth Southgate is wanting to end the tournament on a high. He said: "Emotionally it has been a difficult few days but the players are incredible. They are a pleasure to work with. They have an energy and desire. "We want to finish the tournament well. We have set a standard of how we work and how we play. "We have high motivation to perform. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done. "There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well." Ahead of the third-place play-off match in St Petersburg, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is confident his side are ready to play at their optimum despite their disappointing semi-final defeat to France. He said: "Once the dust settles, it's very much an important fixture. You always want to push the achievements of a football nation. "And they want to be the best Belgian team ever and are ready to perform."
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