Belgium beat England 2-0 to finish third

England’s World Cup crusade in Russia finished with a 2-0 crush by Belgium in St Petersburg that implied the Three Lions completed in fourth place.

Gareth Southgate’s group were not able skip over from the give up all hope of Wednesday’s additional time misfortune against Croatia in the semi-last in Moscow – however this still speaks to a very noteworthy competition for England.

Thomas Meunier put Belgium ahead after only four minutes when he slid in front of Danny Rose to occupy Nacer Chadli’s cross past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Britain had opportunities to level in the second half as Toby Alderweireld tidied up the line from Eric Dier, while Harry Maguire likewise headed wide from a decent position.

Eden Hazard wrapped it up for Belgium with eight minutes left when he showed signs of improvement of Phil Jones to beat Pickford, who had quite recently spared wonderfully from Meunier, with a great wrap up.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku missed two shots and was substituted without scoring, leaving England chief Harry Kane in post position to win the World Cup’s Golden Boot with six objectives.

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