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World Cup Third Place Match: England vs. Belgium, lineups, game time, and how to watch online

I’m sure someone cares about this match. Probably.

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England v Belgium: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Why are we here?

Both Belgium and England are out of the World Cup, eliminated by the two teams that will compete tomorrow — France and Croatia. By all rights they should be back in their home countries, or at least with their home clubs, relaxing and recuperating before the start of a new European club season. But no, here we are, getting ready to watch the penultimate match of this 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, because someone, somewhere, cares who finishes third in a two horse race.

Oh sure, Harry Kane can wrap up the Golden Boot with (or without!) a goal today, and that’s a fantastic achievement. But do you really think that either England or Belgium really want to be here, playing in the Miss Congeniality of football matches? I don’t.

There will be lineups. A football will be kicked around. Maybe a few players who haven’t gotten many minutes will get an opportunity to play. Goals may or may not be scored.

Football isn’t coming home. It all just feels so pointless. But it’s the World Cup, so go Tottenham players, I guess.

How to Watch

England vs. Belgium

Time: 11 am ET, 4 pm BST
TV: FOX (USA) | ITV 1 (UK) | other listings on
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Telemundo (USA - Spanish, available through NBC Sports Live) | BBC iPlayer (UK) | (free trial)


Any Spurs players involved?

Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (England); Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld (Belgium)

How about former Spurs?

Kyle Walker (England), Nacer Chadli (Belgium)