In the latest Belgium news, Thomas Meunier believes his side’s minimum requirement is to claim the bronze medal when they take on England in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday.
The Red Devils missed out on a place in a first World Cup final after being beaten 1-0 by France in the last four on Tuesday, with Samuel Umtiti’s second-half header proving to be the difference between the two sides on what was a tense evening in Saint Petersburg.
The defeat means the wait will go on for Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ to reach the final of a major international tournament, as they were beaten at the quarter-final stage of both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, losing to Argentina and Wales respectively.
Roberto Martinez’ side can end their time in Russia on a high if they beat England in Saturday’s third-place play-off and Paris Saint-Germain full-back Meunier admits winning that match is now his side’s number one priority.
“Winning isn’t an obligation, but we want this,” the 26-year-old said.” Third place is now the minimum. It’s not a waste of time; it’s a game we want to play.”
Belgium are priced at 8/13 with Ladbrokes to finish third and they have already beaten England once in Russia, claiming a 1-0 victory when both teams made a number of changes for their final group stage game.
Meunier believes that victory underlines that Belgium know what it takes to beat the Three Lions and he is confident they can end their tournament on a high.
“We beat England in the group stage, so we can beat them now,” the former Club Brugge player added.