Southgate urges his players to get back at Belgium for group stage defeat
- Gareth Southgate has said Three Lions are determined to revenge Belgium for the 1-0 defeat in their clash at the 2018 World Cup group stage
- Also, the England manager praised his "incredible" players for their "energy and desire" despite semi-final failure against Croatia
"Emotionally it has been a difficult few days but the players are incredible. They are a pleasure to work with. They have an energy and desire," Southgate told pre-match press conference.
"We want to finish the tournament well. We have set a standard of how we work and how we play."
"Everyone wants to play but sometimes it is not a good decision to play someone if their energy is not there," Southgate added.
"It won't be the same XI but we want to make as few changes as possible."
"We have high motivation to perform. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.
"There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well."
"If we want to play for England we have to deal with expectation. We have raised expectation and I don't have a problem with that because we have also raised belief in the players.
"And they now see playing for England as enjoyment, fun and not feeling under siege. There are an energy and connection back."
Which team will end up at the 3rd place in Russia: England or Belgium?