Belgium's Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens vie for the ball with England's Phil Jones and Jordan Pickford during their FIFA World Cup Group ‘G’ league match
Belgium's Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens vie for the ball with England's Phil Jones and Jordan Pickford during their FIFA World Cup Group ‘G’ league match

Moscow: Belgium and England have already met during the World Cup in a match both teams seemed reluctant to win and on Saturday they will face each other again in a game they both seem reluctant to play.

The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semi-final defeats to play for the modest prize of third place in a fixture often criticised as pointless.

"It's not a game any team wants to play," said England manager Gareth Southgate after his team lost 2-1 to Croatia after extra time in Wednesday's second semi-final.

"Of course, we want to win, we'll be ready to go again because the team take great pride in their performances. It's a bit too early after that defeat to think about it."

His Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez was similarly unenthused about the game after his side were beaten 1-0 by France on Tuesday.

"It’s a difficult emotion to manage. You’re disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it’s very difficult to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive," he said.


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