Defender Meunier Says Belgium Want to Beat England in Third-Place Match

Defender Meunier Says Belgium Want to Beat England in Third-Place Match

"It's about creating an environment to be best we can be, a professional culture".

Pre-tournament preparation was spot on: "We chose to play friendlies against teams who would be at the World Cup and that was a great lesson for us".

The final of the FIFA World Cup is upon us. We've had a lot of success at junior level, now with the seniors.

"It's been the strangest World Cup".

"It goes to show we're deserved finalists, we want to show the world we play as one and we'll leave everything on the pitch".

"I must say the support we've had from home and the feeling of support is vast". That's probably where we are.

Fear of France hatching a plan to stop Modric: "We are not afraid that they will try to take Modric out of the game because we have other players".

England arrived at this World Cup with the least experienced squad in terms of caps, but Southgate said the agony of losing was just as strong despite surpassing limited expectations.

"But there was still pressure to get out of the group, win a knockout game, win a penalty shootout".

"They coped brilliantly with all of that".

But this England side will return home after the third place play-off to a hero's welcome. "It's the same as if you were at a big club".

Croatia are hardly a team of no names, however, a fact that Dalic was quick to point out when asked if England had disrespected his team with their confidence before the semi-final. There's an energy and a connection back.

Croatia have been involved in 3 consecutive extra time sessions in their previous games.

Gareth Southgate says he is already planning for the European Championships in 2020 following England's defeat to Croatia on Wednesday.

Southgate backed the move to keep the achievement in perspective. "We knew set plays might give us a competitive advantage, which they did".

Who wins England-Belgium? And where does all the value lie? "This group will be stronger in two years' time, due to their age and because of the big-match experiences which we've now been through".

"There's plenty of room for improvement, which the players are up for".

Germany's Lukas Podolski did reignite some hope for his team with a 79th-minute goal but Croatia held onto their nerves.

"For me Nole is a fantastic athlete but even more a fantastic person".

Die Mannschaft laid the groundwork in 2006 before winning in Brazil. Maybe England and the English media didn't do that this time. We've been through brilliant experiences this time.

On Saturday, they will take on a side they lost to in the group stages albeit both teams played their second teams.

Southgate added the perception surrounding England's national team has changed. "But it's very hard to prepare for the next game", said Roberto Martinez, their coach. I think when I was a player I had a very simplistic mindset.

Belgium has never finished better than fourth at the World Cup.

"We have high motivation to perform".

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