World Cup 2018: Belgium vs England: Team news, injuries, possible lineups

World Cup 2018: Belgium vs England: Team news, injuries, possible lineups



Belgium will face England in the 2018 World Cup third-place play-off fixtures at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

They head into the game after losing 1-0 to France in the semi-final encounter played on Tuesday night.

Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez has no new injuries worries in his squad ahead of the game.

Martinez’s men had already faced England at this World Cup during the group stage, with the Red Devils beating the Three Lions 1-0.

Forward, Adnan Januzaj, who scored the only goal of the game when the two sides met earlier in the tournament, could start the game.

Defender, Thomas Meunier is back and available for selection after missing the semi-final match due to suspension.

Meanwhile, England head into the game following a 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the semi-final encounter played on Wednesday.

Apart from defender, Kieran Trippier, who is a doubt for today’s game, England coach, Gareth Southgate has no new injuries worries in his squad ahead of the game.

England were forced to finish the Croatia game with 10 men as Trippier limped off in the closing stages of extra time with a groin injury.

Southgate is likely to make a lot of changes in order to hand some of his players a taste of the World Cup.

The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Welbeck will be hoping to feature in today’s game.

Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy may start for the Three Lions and any of the goalkeepers, Jack Butland or Nick Pope will mount the goal post.

Belgium’s potential starting XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Boyata; Meunier, Fellaini, Witsel, De Bruyne; Mertens, Batshuayi, Carrasco

England’s potential starting X1: Butland; Jones, Cahill, Maguire; Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Delph, Rose; Loftus-Cheek, Lingard; Vardy

The kick-off time for the match is 3 pm.

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