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Team News: England Southgate makes five changes to England XI

Team News: Southgate makes five changes to XI
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England boss Gareth Southgate makes five changes to his XI for Saturday's 2018 World Cup third-place playoff with Belgium.

England boss Gareth Southgate has made five changes to his XI for Saturday's 2018 World Cup third-place playoff with Belgium.

Phil Jones, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Rose all come into the team following Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals of the competition.

Harry Kane - who is on course for the Golden Boot - again leads the line with support from Raheem Sterling, while Kieran Trippier also starts despite limping out of the Croatia match with a groin problem.

As for Belgium, Thomas Meunier returns from suspension to start down the right, while there is also a position in the middle of midfield for Youri Tielemans.

Mousa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini both drop to the bench following Belgium's 1-0 defeat to France on Tuesday night, but Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all make the XI.

Belgium: Courtois; Vertonghen, Kompany, Alderweireld; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard
Subs: Mertens, Carrasco, Batshuayi, Fellaini, Vermaelen, Mignolet, Casteels, T Hazard, Dembele, Januzaj, Boyata, Dendoncker

England: Pickford; Jones, Maguire, Stones; Trippier, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Rose; Kane, Sterling
Subs: Walker, Lingard, Henderson, Vardy, Butland, Welbeck, Cahill, Young, Rashford, Alli, Alexander-Arnold, Pope

England's starting XI line up prior to the World Cup third-place playoff between Belgium and England on July 14, 2018© Reuters

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