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England make five changes for playoff with Belgium

  • Published at 07:17 pm July 14th, 2018
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England players attend a training session on Monday Reuters

England manager Gareth Southgate made five changes to his team for Saturday's World Cup third-place play-off against Belgium but the tournament's top scorer Harry Kane starts.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eric Dier, Phil Jones, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph all come into the starting line-up after beginning on the bench in the semi-final defeat to Croatia.

Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson are all dropped to the bench by Southgate.

Kane, who with six goals is favourite for the Golden Boot, will start alongside Raheem Sterling.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez made two changes with Thomas Meunier returning from suspension and Youri Tielemans given a start. Midfielders Mousa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini make way.