England v Belgium: Will Harry Kane start in the 'Golden Boot play-off'?

England v Belgium: Will Harry Kane start in the 'Golden Boot play-off'?

England v Belgium: Will Harry Kane start in the 'Golden Boot play-off'?

After Belgium dispatched England and wrapped up third place, their best ever finish at a World Cup, attention has now turned to the club futures of some of their star players, most notably Eden Hazard.

Thomas Meunier's fourth minute goal gave Roberto Martinez's side the early advantage in a game played amidst stifling temperatures.

Eden Hazard would name himself as the World Cup's Golden Ball victor after Belgium beat England to third place in the tournament.

For me, Belgium was the most consistently entertaining team at World Cup 2018, and I expect the Belgians will keep playing with that swashbuckling style. Like the group stage meeting between the two sides though, Belgium should have just enough to outclass England, with Harry Kane's likely Golden Boot win a consolation prize for the Three Lions.

Harry Kane can still bring something home to England, with a Golden Boot award for the World Cup's top goal-scorer.

In the end though, Belgium earned their second win over England in this tournament, bettering the 1-0 victory they recorded in the group stages.

Third place would be Belgium's best-ever World Cup performance.

The fourth-placed finish will leave some English fans with something of a sour taste after the waves of "It's Coming Home" euphoria which had gripped the country in the last week but, as many people have pointed out on social media, they can be more than proud of their achievements at Russian Federation 2018.

It is England's last World Cup finals match for at least four years and their last in the British summer for at least eight, after Federation Internationale de Football Association announced the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would be held in November and December.


A combination of file pictures shows Belgium and England fans during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament. "In terms of mentality, it's been a really hard couple of days for us", he said.

Both Belgium and England came up short in the final four and now have to put on a courageous face to slug it out one last time, attempting to leave Russian Federation on a high note here today.

European teams have claimed third place at the past nine World Cups.

If there's one man in the Belgium squad who will be banging on Martinez's door this week, it will be Romelu Lukaku.

This is the game no footballer on earth wants to play in, battling it out for the bronze medal. We don't want to wait another 20 years to get into the semi-finals and the big matches.

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. England had quite the World Cup run. While Loftus-Cheek was decent, Delph did nothing of note and Dier struggled in midfield against Tielemans and Kevin De Bruyne.

Belgium, who beat England 1-0 in a group match in the tournament, were more risky throughout a lively first half.

However, he insisted that will not alter England´s approach as they look to achieve their best finish since they won the competition in 1966. Let us know below or get after us on Twitter! "We'd like to redress having lost to Belgium once before already, too", he added.

Nacer Chadli: The former Spurs and West Bromwich Albion man has been very impressive.

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