Belgium vs England Live Stream: Watch the 2018 World Cup online for free
Dry your eyes and remember the incredible journey we’ve been on. England are in action at the Saint Petersburg Stadium this afternoon, where they’ll face an equally despondent Belgium. Our guide reveals everything you need to know to watch the third-place playoff on TV and online – and best of all, it’s free! Plus, full Belgium vs England TV channel details, the kick-off time and more.
This will, of course, be the second meeting between England and Belgium at this year’s tournament, and the circumstances this time around are very different, yet strangely similar. Neither of the two teams will be overly desperate to win, and both are expected to play weakened sides.
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Belgium came out on top when the two teams − who had already qualified for the Round of 16 by that stage − clashed in the group stages, but that result probably worked out better for the Three Lions than the Red Devils. Gareth Southgate’s men were tossed into the easier side of the draw, where they faced a James Rodriguez-less Colombia, then Sweden and Croatia. Belgium’s reward? Clashes with Japan, Brazil and France.
As we all know, after making it much further than anyone anticipated, England fell at the semi-final stage, with an extra-time goal from Mario Mandzukic booking Croatia a deserved spot in the World Cup final. Belgium, meanwhile, crashed out at the hands of continental neighbours France, who managed to stifle their star men and nick the game through a header from Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.
The third-place playoff is, frankly, a game nobody wants to be involved in but, perhaps due to all pressure suddenly being lifted off its participants, it tends to be a highly entertaining affair. Today’s game could be extremely Tottenham-heavy − let’s hope it’s a goal-fest too.
Without further ado, here’s how to tune into the game.
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Belgium vs England: When is today’s World Cup match?
The Belgium vs England kick-off time is set for 3pm BST, which is 5pm local time in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the game is being played.
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Belgium vs England TV Channel: How do I watch Belgium vs England on TV?
The BBC and ITV are splitting World Cup TV coverage here in the UK, and the third-place playoff has gone to ITV. Will the curse strike again?
The exact channel is ITV1, with coverage set to start at 2:30pm BST.
How to watch Belgium vs England: Live stream the World Cup
To watch Belgium vs England online, all you need to do is fire up ITV Hub, which doesn’t cost a penny.
There are ITV Hub apps available for virtually every modern platform and device. Below are some of the most popular to help you on your way.
Worried that you might not be able to access ITV Hub where you live? A common workaround is to use a VPN – and our guide to the best VPNs is the obvious place to get started choosing the one that’s right for you.
England World Cup squad
Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young; Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck
Belgium World Cup squad
Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Thomas Meunier; Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Thorgan Hazard, Yannick Carrasco, Nacer Chadli; Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Dries Mertens
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