Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Four Manchester United players star in World Cup third place play-off

Four Manchester United players star in World Cup third place play-off

The Three Lions signed off their Russian Federation 2018 campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Belgium in Saturday's third-place playoff, falling to goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard.

Southgate said he had tried to inspire his players ahead of the third-place game, adding that he very proud of his team despite the second straight defeat.

France advanced past Belgium, while Croatia reached its first World Cup final with a win over England in extra time in the semifinals.

"I sincerely hope and believe that over the next two, four, six years we've got some players in the system that will help England win", he said.

Southgate added: "I thought Stones was absolutely outstanding and [goalkeeper Jordan] Pickford has had a wonderful tournament".

Back home Sir Geoff Hurst, the 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero, said: "We should be proud of our boys".

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"There have been a couple of times against those top teams where we haven't created enough quality in the final third". We, players, like this kind of challenges, and we're ready to finish everything on a high note.

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"Today is the seventh game in a short period of time, and we've had incredible physical demands and emotional demands on the least experienced team in the tournament", Southgate said when put to him that the striker looked exhausted.

"We don't want to wait another 20-odd years to get to the semi-final in big matches".

"There was a lot said about the relationship between our countries, but when we spoke, we saw the sincerity in that relationship on all levels".

"And they should be proud of themselves because they've achieved an equal high in terms of tournament performance that any English team that's has to come overseas for a tournament has achieved".

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