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Live extra – the Red Devils the lead

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They dreamed of the world championship, but the bronze is the highest for the Belgian and English football players.

Thomas Meunier is congratulated after his hit.

The two countries compete Saturday afternoon from 16.00 hours local time in Saint-Petersburg for the third place in the consolation class’ of the world cup.

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Belgium had in the semi-finals have to bow to France (0-1), England went into the extension down against Croatia (1-2).

The Belgian Kevin de Bruyne (left) talks for the wedtrijd in with his team-mates of Manchester City, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and John Stones.

Belgium

Youri Tielemans begins in Belgium in the base.It is the second time this world cup that the midfielder of AS Monaco from the beginning. Right back Thomas Meunier returns in the team of coach Roberto Martinez. He was for the lost semi-final against France suspended. Compared to that duel are missing Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembélé in the base.

The 21-year-old Tielemans should be in the group stage once in the basic start, also when was England the opponent.

Belgium and England stepped to 16:00 hours.

England

In English, there are five changes in comparison with the duel with Croatia, after a 1-0-lead with 2-1, lost. Gone are Kyle Walker, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli. New in the team of national coach Gareth Southgate are Phil Jones, Fabian Delph, Eric Animal, Danny Rose and Reuben Loftus-Cheek.

Proud

The Red Devils may their best-ever performance drop in the global finals. In 1986, reached the Belgian national team and also the semi-finals, in which Argentina with an excellent Diego Maradona was too strong (0-2). The match for the third place against France, in the extension lost (2-4). ,,We had here a just world champion should be,” said Thomas Meunier after the lost semi final in Russia. ,,But now we want absolutely the third tackle and Belgium proud.”

Belgium and England met each other already in the group. They started that match in the knowledge that the two countries already sure of a place in the eighth-finals and the winner in the ‘heavier’ side of the draw would be less. The Belgians won that separate duel with 1-0.

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