After falling in the semifinal against Croatia and France, respectively, are measured this Saturday to define the third and fourth place in the World Cup.
Belgium and England, still affected by the elimination in the semifinals, close their participation in Russia 2018 with the planned meeting at the St. Petersburg Stadium, to determine the third place of the World Championship.
It is a forced consolation for two teams that a few days ago kept their expectations much higher. It will not relieve the victor excessively and will not accentuate the penalty of the defeated. But it is one more appointment in the tournament calendar, the penultimate, which must be completed.
Return to St. Petersburg Belgium. The scenario that half a week ago he invaded disappointment after losing to France in the semifinals in a historic appointment for the selection of the ‘red devils’.
The bet, nevertheless, supposes a greater prize for the set of Robert Martinez. A third place would be the best classification in a World Cup in the history of Belgian football.
Only once did he experience a similar situation. It was in Mexico in 1986. Abandoned from the final by Argentina, he gave third place to France, again France, which won 4-2 in extra time. It has never been seen in another equal the Belgium team, one of the most applauded for its game proposal, for the show offered on the lawn and for victories as memorable in Russia 2018 as the comeback that got against Japan in the second round or the brilliant triumph achieved against Brazil a stretch later.
The probably most talented generation of Belgian football stayed halfway to the final. The clash can suppose a goodbye to the selection for some of its members that within four years will be submitted by the twilight of his career.
Russia 2018 was regarded as the last great opportunity for several of its components. Players like Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini or Dries Mertens may be facing their last date in a World Cup.
Belgium, however, left behind the ballast of loser that fell in Brazil 2014 and in the European Championship of France 2016. The face of the tournament did not return the set of Roberto Martinez, a technician who comes reinforced from the competition. The Spanish coach, who gave rest to nine of his last incumbents, those who drag more spending in Russia, in the session on Thursday, can noticeably modify his eleven against England, a team that he already exceeded by 1-0 days ago, in the group stage.
All the field components of the squad have had minutes in this World Cup. In that sense, there is no pending commitment. However, it can remove Eden Hazard, Tobi Alderweireld or Kevin De Bruyne from the crash. Romelu Lukaku, however, has his last chance to hunt down Harry Kane in the scorers’ table. Two goals separate him from English in one of the few incentives of the meeting.
England comes into this game for third place after the disappointment of defeat in the semifinals of Moscow Luzhniki against Croatia, in a game in which led the scoring with a goal of direct lack of the side Kieran Trippier but was not able to finish when he dominated in the first part.
After seeing how Ivan Perisic tied the match in a second half in which the English side dropped many integers and fall in extra time for Mario Mandzukic’s goal, to the considerable disappointment a great number of messages of encouragement and pride have been added. a very young group that has competed above expectations.
In this way, Gareth Southgate’s “Three Lions” will compete in St. Petersburg for finishing the Russian 2018 World Cup in the best way, in which nobody thought they could continue in competition at this point, even for a consolation final.
The English coach has several doubts with players that ended with physical problems in the semifinal, cases of the side Trippier, midfielder Jordan Henderson and center Kyle Walker.
This could give access to Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right side, Gary Cahill in the center and Eric Dier as a midfielder, who could join Danny Rose on the other side by Ashley Young, and forward Marcus Rashford in the post by Raheem Sterling.
The top scorer of what takes the World Cup and captain of England, Harry Kane, could be of the game to have the opportunity to round up his scoring account, which goes by six goals, three penalties. In addition, its theoretical substitute, Jamie Vardy, has had physical problems.
The current English national team is already the most scorer in its history in World Cups, with twelve goals in this edition that exceed the eleven of England champion in the 1966 World Cup, but Kane still has very far the ten goals of Gary Lineker between Mexico 1986 and Italy 1990. At 24 years old, Kane will have time to beat him.
Probable line-ups :
Belgium: Courtois, Dendonker, Kompany, Vermaelen, Meunier, Thorgan Hazard, Witxel, Fellaini, Mertens, Tielemans and Romelu Lukaku
England: Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Stones, Cahill, Rose; Alli, Dier, Lingard or Delph; Rashford and Kane.
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Stadium: San Petersburg Stadium
Time: 10:00 am
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