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England bid to finish on a World Cup high

END GAME: John Stones, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and England will wrap up a memorable World Cup campaign against Belgium

END GAME: John Stones, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and England will wrap up a memorable World Cup campaign against Belgium

England will bid to wrap up a memorable World Cup finals campaign on a winning note today when they tackle Belgium in the third and fourth place play-off match in St Petersburg.

Despite the disappointment of Wednesday’s 2-1 World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia, manager Gareth Southgate and his players have enjoyed a hugely successful campaign.

City quartet John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph have all been an integral part of a squad which has captured the nation’s imagination over the past month.

And a victory over a Belgium side, which is expected to include City duo Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne, would constitute the Three Lions’ most successful-ever World Cup campaign on foreign soil.

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And despite the agony of missing out on a World Cup final place, Delph says every member of the England party is eager to sign off in memorable fashion.

The midfielder said: “We’ll have to wait another four years now, but I am sure with the experience we’ve had it will stand us in good stead for that, and we will set out to win against Belgium.”

The Red Devils already have the edge on England out in Russia, having registered a 1-0 win over Southgate’s side in the group stages.

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And though they harbour their own bitter disappointment after being edged out in a tight semi-final by France, De Bruyne insisted all of the Belgian squad were equally determined to clinch a third-placed finish.

 “We’ll try and win because third place has never been done before by Belgium and I’m proud of what we did in Russia as a team,” KDB declared.

Today’s clash kicks-off at 3pm UK time and will be televised on ITV.

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Today

England v Belgium 3pm (ITV)

Sunday

France v Croatia 4pm (BBC 1, ITV)


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