Hazard and Belgium too good for England in World Cup play-off

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Speaking after Belgium's 2-0 win over England, Hazard told Belgian outlet HLN: "After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. We played one of the best teams in the world with individual talent which is incredible and we had only two days to get ready", he said.

Belgium missed out on reaching their first final when they were beaten by France in the last four, but full-back Thomas Meunier, who was suspended for the previous game, slotted in Saturday's opening goal from close range after just four minutes.

50th minute, 1-0 Belgium: England needs more from captain Harry Kane.

After some intricate passing on the edge of the area, Eric Dier had his effort cleared off the line by Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld, before Thibaut Courtois smothered Harry Maguire's header. A third place finish is not what they came for, but will be what they're leaving with.

"We're not the finished article, we're still improving and will only get better". Third place is a minimum for us.

England had quite the World Cup run.

Gary Lineker would like to remind you that the English arrogance was all an elaborate ruse, by the way, and in no way indicative of any actual beliefs of England winning the whole tournament.

Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard all start for Belgium as boss Roberto Martinez names a strong team, resisting the urge to make changes.

England is the current world champion at the Under-20 and Under-17 levels, and the challenge now will be to find playing time for those players at the club level, whether it's in the Premier League or in other leagues like Germany's Bundesliga.

"Against the very best teams, we've come up short, but we've had a wonderful adventure and some experiences that will stand this group of players and staff in really good stead for the future".

The Belgians could easily have scored more, with Pickford making a good save to stop a shot from De Bruyne in the 11th and Alderweireld volleying narrowly over the bar in the 35th.

In the United Kingdom, a live stream of the Belgium vs. England 2018 FIFA World Cup match will be carried by ITV and may be accessed inside the United Kingdom only on the ITV Hub streaming service.

Phil Jones failed to intercept the pass which led to Hazard's goal.

But Belgium still posed a danger and another scintillating counterattack, arguably its best of the tournament so far, ended with Jordan Pickford producing a stunning save to deny Meunier his second.

Gareth Southgate's charges, meanwhile, saw off Colombia in the round of 16 and Sweden in the quarter-finals.

It was an anticlimactic way for both these teams - who have given their fans some thrilling moments in Russian Federation - to end the World Cup but Belgium leave with a deserved piece of history.

The match had been billed as a shoot-out between Kane and Lukaku, with the Belgian, on four goals, needing to score three without reply to go ahead of Kane.

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