World Cup 2018 LIVE - England vs Belgium latest news, team updates and injuries, plus France vs Croatia final build ...
Itâs the penultimate day of the 2018 World Cup, where England will bow out of the tournament after an incredible run that saw them just fall short of tomorrowâs final.
Instead, Gareth Southgateâs side will take on Belgium in the third-place play-off, and while itâs the game that no one wants to feature in, the England manager has insisted his determination to win the St Petersburg encounter end go out with a bang. However, both England and Belgium are expected to rotate their sides after gruelling semi-final defeats.
Weâll also have all the build-up towards the World Cup final, which takes place on Sunday afternoon and features France and, for the first time, Croatia, after they beat England in mid-week. France start as heavy favourites for the Moscow clash, but Croatia have proven a match for anyone so far having been dragged through two penalty shootouts and extra-time.
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Live UpdatesNew updates availableRefresh 2018-07-14T13:53:06.880Z âµWill this man featured h ere get his first goal or assist of the tournament? He'll be doing all he can to shut up the doubters... 2018-07-14T13:50:28.240Z 10 minutes until kick off: Anthems starting soon... 2018-07-14T13:25:34.693Z While I'll be keeping you updated on the game now and again, I will also be bringing you news ahead of final. But, for the best live updates here at the Independent, make sure you're following Molly Hudson who will be guiding you through matters in St Petersburg.
England vs Belgium â" LIVE: Latest updates from St Petersburg2018-07-14T13:11:55.563Z Typically well spoken from Our Gareth. 2018-07-14T13:09:49.036Z Happy century, guys! 2018-07-14T13:05:57.700Z I must say, from a personal point of v iew, I couldn't agree more. A World Cup medal for some of these players will surely be something to cherish forever. Who knows when they might not get a chance? I'm a rare breed who's a fan of this third place play off but I just hope these players, from both sides, give us a game to enjoy this afternoon. 2018-07-14T13:00:38.396Z âµAnd what's today's scores going to be? Do give us your predictions in the comments! Can England reverse the 1-0 defeat from the clash in Group G? Can Belgium secure their best ever finish in a World Cup? 2018-07-14T12:58:34.760Z Will they be friendly today? 2018-07-14T12:57:59.460Z âµBoth sides getting prepared to face each other. Without doubt, there'll be a lot of competitive spirit on show today! 2018-07-14T12:55:20.753Z Meanwhile, this is how the Belgian Red Devils shape up ahead of it: 2018-07-14T12:52:08.230Z Kick off is just over an hour away and here's how the Three Lions line up before today's third place play off: 2018-07-14T12:27:52.746Z Thoughts? 2018-07-14T12:25:25.190Z Are there going to be big smiles at the end of the ride today? 2018-07-14T12:04:47.520Z We've come a long way since Roger Milla brought his dance celebration to the 1990 World Cup, changing the way players celebrated goals forever. But, some analysis has been done on this years celebrations and not everyone is impressed. What's been your favourite? Comment below! 2018-07-14T11:51:20.590Z There 's so many levels to this tweet but the support is certainly there in abundance for these Three Lions. 2018-07-14T11:43:01.163Z Back to today's clash. The Red Devils are geared up. What will the Three Lions have in response? 2018-07-14T11:40:52.956Z Away from the World Cup Chelsea have finally ended the Antonio Conte saga, sacking the Italian and replacing him with another one in the shape of Maurizio Sarri. The former Napoli manager has wasted no time in bringing familiar faces with him including Jorginho who had been heavily wanted by Manchester City. More here on today's story:
Jorginho joins Chelsea and reveals what number heâll wear2018-07-14T11:37:21.450Z Earlier this week we brought you news about how this World Cup had become the most streamed event in hi story. Well, the numbers are growing and here's more about this Sunday's upcoming final.
World Cup live streaming for France vs Croatia final will see more football fans watch online than ever before2018-07-14T11:10:28.990Z So, we've got a clash of styles in this final. Croatia, on the one hand, have challenged the big boys of European football with their own brand off attacking possession-based football, including nifty wingers adept at using both feet and cutting inside. France, meanwhile, have an outrageous abundance of talent but one of the key things labelled at Didier Deschamps is the stifling of attacking. His team is compact, organised and a winning machine but rarely described as exciting (until Mbappe gets the ball, that is). We're almost seeing Mourinho-style complaints on the international stage. So, now they're in the final, do they have an obligation to entertain?
Do France have a moral obligation to entertain us in the World Cup final?2018-07-14T10:28:59.716Z England will kick off in less than 4 hours and we'll bring you team news right here at the Independent as soon as we get it, but for now let's turn our attentions to the final where France, winners in 1998, are looking to beat Croatia, in the final for the first ever time. This most special of occasions has a different feel to it compared to previous tournaments, especially because a small nation, perhaps a surprising one, has reached the final in the shape of Croatia. They could upstage the favourites and provide one of the biggest shocks this tournament has ever seen. Regardless, it's expected to be special and Miguel Delaney has been describing why this final offers something different:
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