BELGIUM defeated England to safe third place at this summer season’s World Cup – and judging from their players’ reactions, it was removed from a ‘nothing sport’.
Both teams could have felt that however for a little bit of luck, they might have been contesting the ultimate over in Russia.
But as an alternative the 2 European teams had been competing to see who would end third and who would end fourth.
In the top targets from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard meant it was Belgium who secured bagging rights, and safe their second match victory over England.
A solitary strike from former Manchester United man Adnan Januzaj noticed Belgium defeat England prime prime Group G again on June 28.
After at this time’s second sport a few of Belgium’s players shared their delight on social media at getting the third-place medal – while there was dejection for Gareth Southgate’s battlers.
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, in what might be his final World Cup, tweeted: “I’d prefer to thank my teammates, all workers members and supporters for this unimaginable journey in Russia.
“I’ll remember our time together for the rest of my life. One hell of a team!”
And midfielder Axel Witsel wrote: “Third place. World Cup 2018!!
“What an achievement for our BELGIUM! Proud & honoured to have represented these colors and to have made everybody again residence completely satisfied with our performances this previous month.
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“We made history. We did it all #REDTOGETHER. We will be back.”
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, one of the stars of this summer’s World Cup, simply wrote “history” and shared photos of him with his medal.
Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen posted: “Very proud to make Belgian football history. Loved being with this team for the past 4 weeks.
“Now it’s time to relax and go again next season.”
Tottenham defender Tonyt Alderweireld wrote: “Bronze medal. Good way to end this World Cup! Thanks all for the amazing support!”
But there have been contrasting messages from the England lads.
Captain Harry Kane, who’s prone to end because the Golden Boot winner, tweeted: “Not the best way we needed to complete however so many positives to take from this expertise.
“Travelling fans and everyone back home have been great – thank you.”
Another star of the match, Harry Maguire, posted: An unimaginable journey. The highs and the lows… the thrill of soccer.
“Massive thankyou for your support throughout. Special mention to the manager for giving me this opportunity.”
Raheem Sterling selected to pay respects to his Manchester City club-mates, writing: “Well achieved @VincentKompany & @DeBruyneKev …. to all of the England followers, thanks for the help.
“The future is bright for England and may the success continue.”