Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Belgium vs. England preview, players to watch, key stats

Belgium vs. England preview, players to watch, key stats

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic attended the semi-final game against England last night in Moscow where Croatia won 2-1 after extra time.

"The desire of the players and the hunger of the players is there for them to do it".

Jose Mourinho has lauded Ivan Perisic following the winger's Man of the Match performance in Croatia's World Cup semifinal victory over England on Wednesday.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net. The sentiment comes after the Croatian team has had a Cinderella-story tournament, in which they beat many teams they were expected to fall to.

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.

'Keep doing it and I hope this World Cup brings you unforgettable personal memories.

A promise: "If we win, all the team will dye our hair". "We will see who wins, though it makes no difference to me".

Belgium and England will meet in the third-place match of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan. "I'm remarkably proud of the group of players", he added. The most exciting possible development in the game would be for Romelu Lukaku to score a few goals to challenge Harry Kane for the Golden Boot, and even that would be relatively unimportant with both sides knowing that the final was kicking off just hours later. - Belgium and England are the first teams to face each other twice at a World Cup tournament since Turkey played Brazil twice at the 2002 World Cup. They have done enough, all of them, to earn our respect.

World Cup finals are often notoriously tight affairs but you'd have to give France the edge in every department here, with the possible exception of Croatia's magnificent midfield.

A significant amount of the pre-tournament discussion was centred around potential trouble between England and Russian Federation fans, after the clashes between the two sets of supporters in Marseille in 2016. "Thank you boss from the whole nation", the 20-year-old said on Twitter with a picture of himself embracing the England manager.

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