Gareth Southgate looking to finish World Cup strong against Belgium

Finish strong

England boss Gareth Southgate has vowed to finish this year’s World Cup strongly ahead of their third place play-off with Roberto Martinez’s Belgium.

The Three Lions were knocked out in the game against Croatia with a late Mario Mandzukic goal sealing their fate.

Even still, there has been much positivity over the side’s performances in the World Cup this summer and brought back fans enjoyment of international football.

Though, it’s not over just yet.

That is because they could still finish third in this year’s World Cup should they beat Belgium in their final game.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 11: England players acknowledge the fans following the defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Taking it seriously

Now, Gareth Southgate has given an injury update on Kieran Trippier as well as admitting the players are determined to finish strong.

“We got back to St Petersburg at 6.30am on the day after the game, so an emotion-fuelled few days,” he explained to the Daily Mirror.

“Their energy this morning and desire to finish the tournament well, we owe it as much to ourselves as to our nation to finish well.

“We’ve set the standard of how we work, the standard of how we play, and we want to maintain those standards right to the end.

“I’ve not finalised the team yet. In terms of Kieran, we think it was a nerve problem tied in to cramp. For certain, there was a point at which he couldn’t continue.

“Then, of course, we had to play the last few minutes without him. That nerve issue passed a couple of hours later. But if he couldn’t run, we could have stuck him on the halfway line, I suppose… he would have been desperate to be on there if he could.

“In terms of mentality, it’s obviously been a really difficult couple of days for us. We were 20 minutes from a World Cup final and then, in extra-time, 10 minutes from a shoot-out to get to a World Cup final. The reason for us being here was to achieve that big goal.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 11: Ivan Perisic of Croatia shoots during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Southgate isn’t the only one speaking about England’s exit.

He has also been speaking about his international career too.

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