Thomas Meunier is desperate to help Belgium “write history” by helping them defeat England in Saturday’s World Cup third-place play-off in St Petersburg (10/1 Belgium To Win From Behind – Saturday Live Match Specials).
The Belgians had high hopes of winning the tournament in Russia but saw their dreams shattered by France, who defeated them 1-0 in Tuesday’s first semi-final in St Petersburg.
Roberto Martinez’s men will now go head-to-head against Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions (Belgium 6/5, England 23/10, Draw 11/4 – Match Result) who crashed out after Croatia came from behind to defeat them 2-1 after extra-time in Wednesday’s last-four clash in Moscow.
The Red Devils have already defeated England in the tournament when they edged a 1-0 win in the final Group G game when both sides had already qualified for the knockout stages and both managers made a host of changes.
There is a possibility that some of the squad players will again be given a run-out on Saturday with England’s Harry Kane no doubt keen to stay in the team as he is currently leading the race for the Golden Boot with six goals, while Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is two behind him and is 16/1 with Betfred to overhaul the Tottenham man and finish top scorer.
Despite the suggestions of the game being a dead rubber, Meunier is adamant that the Belgium players want to win and secure a third-placed finish having lost out to France in the play-off back in Mexico in 1986.
Meunier said on the team’s official Twitter account: “We want to write history with a third place. We have beaten England in the group phase and we want to do that again. Also England wants to become third.
“But I think we are better. We have to respect England but also ourselves. That is why we want to win in St. Petersburg.”
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