Belgium 2, England 1 These third-place games are unpredictable. That said, England hasn’t shown it can score from open play. Think Belgium is a more complete squad right now.
DEREK VAN DIEST
Belgium 3, England 1 Belgium want to go home on a good note after being one of the most entertaining teams in the tournament. It is arguably the second-best team in the world at the moment. England still not over its semifinal loss and will be disinterested in the contest. They don’t have the talent to match up with Belgium anyway.
Belgium 3, England 1 We’re probably going to get a rematch of the battle of backups we saw in their groupstage finale, which went Belgium’s way. Neither team is happy to be here, so don’t expect much hard work on defence.
Belgium 2, England 1 Quick, name a third-place team in the World Cup. Any team? No, me either. Both teams enter their benches to give the subs their participation ribbon. In that scenario, Belgium has more quality.