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England And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup 3rd Place Play-Off

Belgium's forward Adnan Januzaj prepares the ball to shoot and score the opener during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Belgium at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 28, 2018. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Football’s not coming home, but it’s still taking a slight detour as England meet Belgium in the World Cup third/fourth place play-off on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate’s side came close to reaching a first final since 1996 against Croatia on Wednesday night, only to be denied by a Mario Mandzukic winner in extra time.

For today’s clash, a match that is often criticised for a perceived lack of importance, Southgate has made a number of changes to his starting lineup.

Injury doubt Jordan Henderson has dropped out and been replaced by Eric Dier, while Danny Rose starts ahead of Ashley Young at left wing-back. Phil Jones comes in for Kyle Walker in central defence, while Fabien Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek replace Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard in midfield.

Belgium, meanwhile, have kept largely with their strongest team as manager Roberto Martinez aims to end the tournament on a high.

The central defence and attack have been kept as they are from Tuesday night’s clash, with the only changes coming in midfield as the Red Devils return to a definitive 3-4-3. Thomas Meunier comes back in to replace Mousa Dembele, while Youri Tielemans comes in at the expense of Marouane Fellaini in the centre.

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