Belgium and England meet for the second time at the 2018 World Cup after the two Group G rivals lost their respective semi-finals to France and Croatia. The 3rd/4th-place play-off takes place on Saturday July 14 at St Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium, and will kick-off at 7:30 pm (IST).
Belgium’s 1-0 defeat to France on Tuesday wasn’t exactly a shock, but it did highlight some key areas where Belgium were lacking. A focused French defence completely hit the world class talents of Belgium.
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Thomas Meunier, Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard
Kieran Trippier will not feature in the 3rd/4th-place play-off after suffering a groin injury in the quarter-finals and he is unlikely to be the only first-team regular rested for the ‘unwanted’ final match of the tournament. Trent Alexander-Arnold could will play in place of Trippier, while Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose and Marcus Rashford could all come into the starting line-up.
England: Jordan Pickford, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Eric Dier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Rose, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford