De Bruyne & Kompany shine as Belgium finish third

England sad

Both England and Belgium narrowly missed out on places in the World Cup Final after losing 2-1 (AET) and 1-0 repectively.

An early goal from Thomas Meunier and a late effort from Eden Hazard in 82nd minute was enough to dash the Three Lions' hopes of winning a medal in Russian Federation.

After they play Belgium they will check out on Sunday morning and fly home to Birmingham Airport, although officials have warned fans at home not to come and see the players.

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored a goal each.

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Along the way, Belgium had to rally from 2-0 down for a 3-2 win in the round-of-16 game against Japan, had to beat five-time champion Brazil in the quarterfinals and beat England twice.

This is the second game between these teams at this tournament.

80th minute, 1-0 Belgium: A fantastic Belgium counter attack almost ends with another goal from Thomas Meunier, but his powerful volley is saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Eden Hazard, Belgium: Scored the goal the sealed the win for the Red Devils, and was a vital cog in Belgium's blistering counter-attack that gave England plenty of problems. Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is two goals behind Kane, but whether Belgium Manager Robert Martinez will choose to start Lukaku in the consolation game is unclear.

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Sister Venus, a five-time champion, lost the first set but fought back to beat Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1. If that's working for me I'm all for it. "I hope I can win a few more matches here and the German crowd can watch some tennis".

Harry Kane: A stand-out key player for England throughout the tournament, the Tottenham Hotspur striker showed composure throughout the tournament.

England started the second half with a bit more impetus and had a good opportunity in the 50th minute when Kieran Trippier lofted a free kick into the box towards John Stones.

Jordan Pickford: Despite conceding two against Croatia, Pickford has been one of the unsung heroes for the English side throughout this World Cup.

"Certainly after this World Cup". He wouldn't confirm whether he'd give either of his reserve goalkeepers, Jack Butland and Nick Pope, their first game of the tournament in place of Jordan Pickford. England. I think Harry Kane scores another goal to increase his lead on the Golden Boot, making it a ideal 10/10 Tottenham.

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.

Belgium's previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time.

And that perhaps wasn't the best approach to take as Belgium looked set to go for the kill from the get-go.

The manager did not deviate from his script preaching realism after his side exceeded expectations through the tournament and stretched a fine Belgium team, particularly in the second half.

Never has the beauty and beast analogy been more apt than in the link-up of De Bruyne and Lukaku but the Manchester United man will rue not adding to his tally.

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