Eden Hazard names himself as World Cup Golden Ball victor

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The PSG right wingback didn't play in Belgium's semifinal loss to France due to a yellow-card suspension, and while Meunier doesn't get the accolades of his better known teammates, he made it clear again vs. England with his early goal that he is one of Belgium's most unsafe attacking players. He commands his defence well and will have to be in top form against the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

England manager Gareth Southgate doesn't believe England are one of the world's top four teams despite finishing fourth in the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

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. Their third place play-off with Belgium will be the second time they have played each other in this tournament in a match that is effectively a dead rubber.

A gut-wrenching 2-1 defeat to Croatia after extra-time at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday night denied England a shot at a second World Cup triumph, instead setting up a consolation game against familiar foes Belgium.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 3rd place match between Belgium and England is going to be played on Saturday, July 14.

On this occasion, England yet again had to settle for fourth place, just like in 1990 where they were defeated 2-1 by the hosts Italy.

Neutral fans should reserve their pity for Belgium, the most deserving side not featuring in tomorrow's World Cup final.

Hazard has been Belgium's main man in Russian Federation, orchestrating the attack and chipping in with three goals and two assists.

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Roberto Martinez switched nine players and Southgate brought in eight, a decision he described as a no brainer in the circumstances.

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"Sometimes it's not always a good decision for people to play if their energy isn't quite there and we've got to think about who can give us the best performance", he said.

In midfield, Kevin De Bruyne and Hazard ran the show, splitting England's defense apart at will. Belgium of course beat England in the group stages 1-0 but on that occasion, England boss Gareth Southgate did not pick his strongest XI. We're still learning. We're still getting better, " England captain Harry Kane said. He's a threat in front of goal and will be secure of the Golden Boot, for the tournament, with a few goals against the Belgians.

Belgium lost Chadli to a hamstring injury before half-time, while Southgate introduced Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard at the break for Sterling and Rose.

Belgium and Croatia are easily the best sides England have faced at this tournament, yet in large parts, the off-ball movement was too static, passing options have been easily plugged while the possession pointless and without plan or penetration.

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