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Belgium deservedly claim bronze over England as Eden Hazard outshines Raheem Sterling

Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
The FC crew felt this World Cup proved Belgium belongs with the world's best teams while England still have work to do to become elite.
After a six-goal output at the World Cup, the FC crew evaluate Harry Kane's performance and whether it would've impressed suitors like Real Madrid.
Eden Hazard and Belgium secured a 3rd-place finish by defeating England 2-0.
ESPN FC's Kasey Keller and Alexis Nunes look back on Belgium and England's World Cup journey after the Red Devils claimed third place.

St. Petersburg -- Three points on Belgium's 2-0 win over England in the third-place game of the 2018 World Cup.

1. Belgium claim bronze as England fade

For many, it is a game that should no longer be on the World Cup calendar, but Belgium ensured that the Russia 2018 third-place playoff ended in their favour with a 2-0 win against England in St. Petersburg.

Thomas Meunier's fourth-minute opener and Eden Hazard's strike on 82 minutes sealed Belgium's second victory over Gareth Southgate's team...

England's Raheem Sterling defended by David Beckham after World Cup criticism

Raheem Sterling fails to make the cut for Stewart Robson's combined XI for England and Croatia, so who made it ahead of him?
Stewart Robson reveals his ratings for England in their win over Sweden, and the FC crew examine the impact of Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate.
Can England cure their penalty curse if they have to face a shoot-out? Lingard, Sterling, Rashford, Jones and Pickford share their penalty stories.

David Beckham defended Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City winger was criticised again on social media during England's 2-0 win over Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Sterling was England's most dangerous attacking player in Samara, but attracted criticism online for missing a great chance after running onto Jordan Henderson's floated pass over the Swedish defence in the first half .

After the match Gary Neville pushed back by emphasising the positive aspects of Sterling's performance,...

 By Sam Borden

Raheem Sterling: What's really behind the intense criticism of England's young star?

Raheem Sterling hasn't let the haters bring him down.

MOSCOW - Among the many recurrent storylines about English soccer -- great domestic league, can't win the big international game, always chokes in a penalty shootout -- there is one that, to an outsider, seems especially curious.

The one about Raheem Sterling.

The gist of it goes something like this: Sterling, who is England's 23-year-old star winger, is often portrayed as contentious, divisive and one of the most polarizing figures in English soccer.

So, then, let's start here: Is Sterling actually...

England's Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli out vs. Panama, according to leaked team sheet

Mark Ogden feels the lack of transport available around Russia could be the reason for so few England fans making the trip to Russia.

Raheem Sterling could be benched by Gareth Southgate for England's clash with Panama on Sunday, according to a projected team accidentally leaked by his assistant Steve Holland.

Pictures of a note bearing a hand-written lineup carried by Holland at England's training base in Repino on Thursday suggested Rashford, rather than Sterling, will start up front alongside Harry Kane while Ruben Loftus-Cheek comes in for the injured Dele Alli in midfield.

Sterling's starting place has been the subject of...

England winger Raheem Sterling: Media criticism makes me want to stay at home

With their last triumph coming in 1966, can England finally silence their critics and win a major tournament?
England midfielder Raheem Sterling tells ESPN FC's Mark Ogden that reaction to his tattoo is something that will be talked about then disappear.

Raheem Sterling has said the negative coverage he has received in the English media over the last two years has made him worried to leave the house amid fear of further criticism.

Last month, Sterling defended his decision to have a tattoo of an assault rifle on his right leg, which he said was a reference to the fact that his father was shot and killed when he was two years old.

The Manchester City winger, heavily criticised after England's poor performance at Euro 2016, told Copa 90: "I remember...

England winger Raheem Sterling says criticism 'gets spoken about and goes away'

England midfielder Raheem Sterling tells ESPN FC's Mark Ogden that reaction to his tattoo is something that will be talked about then disappear.

Raheem Sterling has claimed that his week of negative headlines "gets spoken about and goes away" after the Manchester City and England winger endured criticism for a tattoo in the image of a gun on his leg, his late arrival for World Cup training and being booked for diving during Saturday's Wembley win against Nigeria.

The 23-year-old, preparing for his second World Cup after playing at Brazil 2014 at just 19, has dominated the spotlight over the past week as a result of his off-field and on-field...