England and Belgium look to limit changes in third-place match

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Some of the players will be different but there will be no tactical surprises when Belgium face England for a second time at the World Cup in Russian Federation this afternoon (3pm) to decide third place, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said.

His Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez was similarly unenthused about the game after his side were beaten 1-0 by France on Tuesday.

As Buzz Aldrin famously said* "second comes right after first" and despite the heartbreak of missing a World Cup final, for two proud nations the distinction of finishing Russian Federation 2018 in third and leaving the tournament on a relative high still remains.

Even so, he said he would try to lift his team. With one or two injuries, one or two with illness, we'll just have to see.

"We were 20 minutes from a World Cup final and the reason for us being here was to achieve that big goal", he said. Along with the great experiences here and painful experiences of last time, it builds a resilience in them as a group. "There are players who have played a lot of minutes and we need to have that in mind", Martinez said.

Belgium and England will meet in the third-place match of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

This is an opportunity for both to build momentum coming out of the World Cup. Federation Internationale de Football Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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It was a rather tight contest, with the possession only slightly favouring Belgium 53 per cent to England's 47, with the Three Lions taking six shots against Belgium's seven throughout the game.

It tends to be a high-scoring fixture with each of the last four winners scoring three goals - Turkey in 2002, Germany in 2006 and 2010 and the Netherlands in 2014.

While Gareth Southgate and Martinez dismissed the suggestion they wanted to lose to finish second, both attracted criticism for fielding largely second-string teams.

- England are also battling for bronze for a second time, denied by hosts Italy in 1990 when Salvatore Schillaci netted a late penalty victor in a 2-1 victory. Given both teams have kept just one clean sheet in their five matches the defences look vulnerable and with Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku chasing the Golden Boot we can expect both teams to throw caution to the wind.

44' - Belgium appear to be trying for one more goal before the half.

"And then well have to cope with this system they have developed, a 5-3-2 which is very well synchronised but I dont think there will be any surprises in this game from the game you saw in the group phase".

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- England have scored nine out of their 12 goals at this World Cup from set pieces including penalties.

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