The penultimate game of the World Cup is the silly little exercise they call the third-place game, pitting the two losing semifinalists against each other in a glorified friendly. It might have just a bit more meaning this time around, as it pits these two together in a group stage rematch but beyond just a bit of personal pride, there isn’t much at stake.
On the plus side, Ruben Loftus-Cheek stars for England, while Hazard and Courtois start for Belgium, as usual!
Belgium starting lineup (3-4-3):
Courtois | Vertonghen, Kompany, Alderweireld | Chadli, Witsel, Tielemans, Meunier | E.Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne
Substitutes from: Vermaelen, Fellaini, Carrasco, Mignolet, Casteels, Mertens, T.Hazard, Januzaj, Dembélé, Boyata, Batshuayi, Dendoncker
England starting lineup (3-5-2):
Pickford | Maguire, Stones, Jones | Rose, Delph, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Trippier | Sterling, Kane
Substitutes from: Walker, Lingard, Henderson, Vardy, Butland, Welbeck, Cahill, Young, Rashford, Dele, Alexander-Arnold, Pope
Date / Time: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 15:00 BST; 10am EDT
Venue: Zenit Arena, St. Petersburg
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
On TV: ITV 1 (UK); FOX, Telemundo (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: ITV Hub (UK); FOX Sports Go, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo; Sling World Cup (USA)