14th December 2018

W CUP ENGLAN CAN FINISH THIRD

ENGLAN CAN FINISH THIRD

14th July 2018

England meet Belgium on saturday in a re-run of their Group game. Unlike that 'dead rubber', where both sides made wholesale changes, the two sides look set to take the game seriously.

The winners at least receive a medal although the wrong colour - and it often dubbed the game noone wants.

That said, third would be England's highest ever finish in a World Cup outside of England.

Gareth Southgate has done well to get the team this far and they were simply outclassed in the last period of the game against Croatia.

The later should not be written off and can cause France plenty of problems on Sunday in the final.

England will be at a disadvanatge in theory having played a day later than Belgium and going to extra-time. That said those that do play will have fresh legs.

Harry Kane looked dead on his feat against Croatia and with the Golden Boot virtually in the bag he looks certain to start this game on the bench. Raheem Sterling looks set to be replaced by Marcus Rashford.

In the Group game England did little to serve Jamie Vardy, especially when they went behind. This will be a different game with a prize at stake.

Vardy has been a bit part player, and has had injury niggles. He is still a 13/2 shot to net first and Rashford is a 9/1 shot in several places. We wouldn't be against punting that.

But the safest bet is to back England and both teams to score at 4s and England to win the tie at 11/8

Joe