England's Jordan Henderson during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Liverpool trio not involved as England lose to Belgium in World Cup third-place playoff

Simon Mignolet, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were unused subs as England lost to Belgium in the World Cup third-place match.

Both national teams lost their respective semi-finals during the week, setting up this repeat clash from the group stages in St. Petersburg.

While Alexander-Arnold and Mignolet have almost exclusively been subs throughout the tournament, Henderson has been a regular starter for England.

Having suffered from slight hamstring strain across the last two games, though, the Liverpool skipper was not risked on this occasion—but wing-back Kieran Trippier was, despite coming off injured in the semi-finals, meaning Trent missed out on more action.

Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard gave Belgium a 2-0 win and the bronze medal in Russia, while England settle for fourth place—their best finish since 1990.

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at Kaliningrad Stadium - Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

Henderson played five times in Russia and had an overall extremely impressive tournament, emerging as a real leader of the nation team and winning praise from many pundits.

Alexander-Arnold made his only appearance in the final group game, against Belgium, but has plenty of time ahead of him to make a bigger impact at a major finals.

Mignolet was unused as Belgium’s backup goalkeeper throughout the tournament.

Sunday sees France and Croatia do battle in Moscow in the World Cup final, with Dejan Lovren a starter for the latter nation.

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