England have finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup, after a 2-0 defeat against Belgium in their third-place play-off at the St Petersburg Stadium.
Thomas Meunier gave Belgium a fourth-minute lead, and Eden Hazard ensured victory with his goal in the 82nd minute. Roberto Martinez’s team also won when the two sides met in the group stage.
France and Croatia will contest the final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Gareth Southgate made five changes to his starting XI. Kieran Trippier was a surprise starter after limping off with a groin injury in the semi-final, while Harry Kane was given another chance to secure the golden boot. Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were drafted in for Kyle Walker, Ashley Young, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard.
For Belgium, Martínez employed Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Hazard as the attacking fulcrum. Youri Tielemans came in for Marouane Fellaini and Meunier returned after suspension.
Belgium took the lead with the first penetrative attack of the match. Lukaku’s pass found Nacer Chadli’s run. The winger whipped a cross into the area and when Meunier nipped in front of Rose he only needed to make contact to beat Jordan Pickford.
England were caught at the back again in the ninth minute, Tielemans winning a challenge with Delph and setting off a counter-attack. Belgium players piled in at the back post but England regrouped.