England face Belgium in third place World Cup playoff



The 2018 world cup finals return to action Saturday night in Russia with England squaring it out with Belgium in the third place play-off match in Saint Petersburg.

England was relegated to the playoffs after losing to Croatia in semis while Belgium lost to France in the second semifinal.

England’s Captain Harry Kane who leads the scoring sheet by six goals to his name from six games in the competition is leading the race for the Golden Boot with his nearest rival being Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.

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England’s second-best finish at a World Cup is fourth in 1990, coming as a result of losing 2-1 to hosts Italy in the third place game in Bari while Belgium previous best is fourth, at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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It was only two weeks ago that England and Belgium met in the Group Stage in Kaliningrad with Adnan Januzaj’s superb strike for Belgium being the only goal.

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Tonight’s match provides England with a chance to gain a modicum of revenge for that defeat and claim themselves a bronze medal to boot.

Elsewhere, Liverpool have signed Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City on a five-year deal, after triggering his 13m pounds release clause.

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The 26-year-old was Stoke’s top scorer last season with eight goals as they were relegated from the Premier League.

Shaqiri scored against Serbia at the World Cup as Switzerland reached the last 16, where they lost to Sweden.

Shaqiri who will wear jersey no. 23 will be Liverpool’s third signing this summer.


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