as reported by daily express,

England have to pick themselves up again to face Belgium here in the third/fourth play-off and manager Southgate said: “It’s the chance to have our second-best ever finish and the chance for the players to get a medal.

“There’s that and there’s the pride in playing for your country again.”

FIFA award 50 bronze medals to the team that finishes third, while the losers of the wooden spoon game – as England were in 1990 when they lost 2-1 to Italy – go home empty-handed for all their efforts.

Tiredness and injuries will necessitate a number of changes and Southgate said: “It will be more the physical capabilities of the team that dictates selection.

“Kieran Trippier is the obvious one because he’s had to come off during the (Croatia) game and the same with Ashley Young. Jordan Henderson is also feeling his hamstring so we will just have to assess it.”

No Kane conspiracy

Harry Kane also looked tired in Wednesday’s semi-final but despite conspiracy theories supported by Gary Neville, among others, Southgate denied categorically that the skipper has had any sort of injury during the tournament even if the chance of him going out to cement his Golden Boot award hangs in the balance.

“I don’t know if he will play, we will see how he is after tonight,” he said.

“He’s got another 120 minutes against Croatia and I don’t know the full injury update.”

The England manager went back out into the Luzhniki Stadium nearly

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