Before Sunday’s Final we have the ordeal of the Third Place Play-Off which surely needs re-classified as cruel and unusual punishment for the two teams still suffering the heartache of so near yet so far.
Especially for England who took the lead in their semi-final against Croatia but failed to capitalise on several first half chances which should have put the match out of sight.
Yes, overall England over-achieved on their pre-tournament expectations but the fact they are not playing on Sunday will surely go down as one that got away from them.
Southgate is aiming to name a side with ‘as few changes as possible’ in this game which will resolve the Golden Boot winner between Harry Kane (6) and Romelu Lukaku (4).
Kieran Trippier is unlikely to be fit enough after sustaining a groin injury.
The match is of course a re-run of the Group stage encounter which finished 1-0 to Belgium.
I’m torn between thinking this will be a dull affair – possibly 0-0 or the opposite extreme – a flood of goals as both sides open up with little but pride left to play for.
As such, I’ll play on the extremities. 0-0 correct score and over 4.5 match goals at 14/1 and 7/2 respectively.
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