Belgium Vs England | 14 July |Saint Petersburg Stadium
Sixty-two games down and two games to go in Russia.
Before we get to Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow between Croatia and France, we have the third-place match between the semifinal losers England and Belgium in Saint Petersburg.
Belgium is coming off a contested 1-0 loss to France in the semifinal, but there’s still something at stake here for the golden generation of soccer for the Red Devils.
Their best finish came in 1986 when they finished fourth out of 24 teams in Mexico, losing the third-place match to France.
A win over England on Saturday will mark its best-ever finish in the World Cup.
England is coming off a disappointing extra-time defeat to Croatia in a match where it fell apart after jumping out to a 1-0 lead early on. Outside of winning the World Cup in home soil in 1966,
England’s best finish came in 1990 where it lost the third-place match to hosts Italy.
Southgate is not intending to make wholesale changes for the game but will assess the players’ fitness levels before choosing his side.
He said: “Everyone wants to play but sometimes it is not a good decision to play someone if their energy is not there.
“It won’t be the same XI but we want to make a few changes as possible.”
Kieran Trippier is a major doubt after tweaking a nerve in his groin against Croatia while Jordan Henderson, Kyle
Walker and Ashley Young may be given a rest.
Martinez may choose to rest striker Romelu Lukaku despite being within two goals of Harry Kane in the chase for the Golden Boot.
Adnan Janujaz is likely to be handed another start, while Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco are also in the running for a spot.
Thomas Meunier, who was suspended for the semi-final, is available again.