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Joey Barton's tweets about Gareth Southgate after Belgium loss caused outrage

Joey Barton's tweets about Gareth Southgate after Belgium loss caused outrage”

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier says his side are better than England, who they will face in a World Cup consolation game on Saturday, and believes finishing third in Russian Federation is the minimum expected of Roberto Martinez's team. In the first meeting, both teams had already qualified for the knockout stage out of Group G. But on Saturday, the two teams meet again with nothing more than third place on the line, in the World Cup consolation match that will live stream from Saint Petersburg.

"He sat out against Belgium earlier on in the tournament to help the team and it will be even more powerful for him winning the Golden Boot after making that sacrifice".

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne were a class above anything Southgate's men had to offer, and at times the gulf in midfield quality was laughably wide. "There were so many bridges that needed to be rebuilt after the Euros and we have managed to do things that England teams haven't done for a long time, so we are very proud of that". But Saturday presents the chance for greatness, as bronze would see them exceed the heralded side who finished fourth at Mexico 1986.

Thomas Meunier opened the scoring for Belgium, sliding home a Nacer Chadli cross on four minutes. Chadli delivered a unsafe low cross into the box that Thomas Meunier beat England's Danny Rose to before tucking it home past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

But England improved after the break and almost equalised when Eric Dier got clear and chipped over Thibaut Courtois, only for Toby Alderweireld to make a sliding clearance off the line. Teammate Thibaut Courtois went further, telling Belgian newspaper i: "France played anti-football".

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Romelu Lukaku couldn't add to his four goals for Belgium and was substituted shortly after misjudging a through ball by De Bruyne. Meunier hit the final shot that England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford did well to parry away.

28' - Meunier fed a risky cross to the box as Pickford was off his line.

"We don't look at that sort of reward and Romelu is the first to show that with his play".

"Or we put in a performance and go home with a medal and become the best ever team to have left our shores". But it did give us all a smile or two as Southgate's likable team made an improbable run to the semis and for a week or so, made a nation believe.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also likely to get a look-in, with Eric Dier coming in to give Jordan Henderson some much needed rest. Belgium are obviously a good team.

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The All England Club will stick to its policy of refusing to show World Cup matches on its giant screen adjacent to Court One. The Spaniard, seeded second behind 2017 champion Roger Federer, won 6-3 6-3 6-2 against the world number 127.

"I think there is a clarity about how England have been successful in this tournament". Its lone win came in the 1966 final against West Germany.

Southgate brought on Marcus Rashford for Sterling and Jesse Lingard for Danny Rose at the break and the change worked well, with England well on top in the second half.

France will face Croatia in Sunday's final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Belgium were eliminated by France in the World Cup semifinal, while England blew a 1-0 halftime lead to lose 2-1 to Croatia, as the Daily Mail reported, on a goal in extra time by Mario Mandzukic.

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