Gareth Southgate has vowed to use England's heartening performances at the World Cup as a springboard to success after seeing his side beaten by Belgium to finish fourth and emulate their best finish on foreign soil. It would also see them equal the recent feat of their women's team, who earned bronze at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015.
Toby Alderweireld, one of six Tottenham players on the pitch, then hooked just over after a mishit Tielemans shot dropped to the Belgium defender at a corner. Belgium played superbly this World Cup but unfortunately for them they came up short against an equally impressive French side.
Belgium finally put the game to bed some 10 minutes later, when De Bruyne fed Hazard who broke into the England box and beat Pickford at the near post to make it 2-0 in the 82nd minute.
With England pushing forward, Meunier almost produced one of the goals of the tournament, his crisp volley from a Dries Mertens cross drawing an excellent one-handed stop from Pickford. Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard will both be 31 by the time the 2020 World Cup in Qatar rolls around.
When is Belgium v/s England 3rd place play-off match in FIFA World Cup 2018? Best goalkeeper during the World Cup in this writer's opinion.
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Ahead of the game, Southgate said: "I think a physical part of that is going to have a huge bearing".
"Eventually they got a foothold in the game, the first chance fell to (Harry) Kane after 23 minutes".
Eden Hazard. The Chelsea man looked like he had a point to prove after the semi-final defeat to France and was at his quicksilver best against England, tormenting the English defence with mesmerising footwork and mazy runs.
Get's through a lot of the dirty work in the centre of the park that gives his more talented team-mates the platform to burst forward and hurt the opposition. The counter attack builds up so nicely, but a Kevin De Bruyne backheel was timed poorly and reached England's defense.
At least Kane is a step nearer the Golden Boot, after closest rival Romelu Lukaku, two goals behind, appeared to have lead in his despite having the chances he needed to draw level before he was substituted on the hour-mark. His volley is agonisingly wide of Courtois' goal - it also just evaded the toe of Kane. England. I think Harry Kane scores another goal to increase his lead on the Golden Boot, making it a ideal 10/10 Tottenham.
Belgium had it more hard in the second half, but they survived.
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.