Belgium best result in a World Cup was achieved in 1986 in Mexico, when the team finished in fourth place.

Therefore, Roberto Martinez’ side can make history on Saturday (14th July) if they beat England in the third-place match in Saint Petersburg.

Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and the rest of the starting eleven that played against France did not participate in Thursday’s training session with the rest of the squad, and just worked out in the gym.

“The Red Devis” were defeated by France 1-0 in Saint Petersburg last Tuesday (10th July) with Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti scoring the winner with a second-half header to set up a final clash against Croatia for “Le Blues’ on Sunday (15th July).

Belgium impressed against Brazil in the quarter-finals but despite scoring 13 goals so far in the tournament, they could not find the back of the net against France.

England and Belgium played in the group stages with ‘The Red Devils’ taking the three points to finish on top of Group G.

Both teams had played twice in the World Cup before Russia 2018, with a 4-4 drew in 1954, and a 1-0 England’s victory in 1990 in the round of 16.

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