He said: "I think they [Belgium] are a better side than us and we had to play flat out with a day less to recover".
The PSG right wingback didn't play in Belgium's semifinal loss to France due to a yellow-card suspension, and while Meunier doesn't get the accolades of his better known teammates, he made it clear again vs. England with his early goal that he is one of Belgium's most risky attacking players.
70th minute, 1-0 Belgium: Eric Dier works a great give-and-go and chips the Belgian goalkeeper but the ball is cleared off the goal line by Toby Alderweireld.
On this occasion, England yet again had to settle for fourth place, just like in 1990 where they were defeated 2-1 by the hosts Italy. So we'll try and get the team that is best able to do the job. Both starting XIs will be tough to predict, coming at the end of a long seven games for all involved, but third place would be the Three Lions' biggest achievement since triumphing in 1966.
This is the second game between these teams at this tournament.
Did not have much to do, although handled anything that came his way with calmness and composure, has cemented his place as one of the World's best goalkeepers this summer.
"What we have seen in this World Cup is that the players did not want to rely on talent anymore, they wanted to rely on working as a team, becoming a group of players that would do anything to achieve results".
The Belgians could easily have scored more, with Pickford making a good save to stop a shot from De Bruyne in the 11th and Alderweireld volleying narrowly over the bar in the 35th. At the other end his set-piece deliveries were consistently unsafe, enabling England to apply sustained pressure in the second half.
67th minute, 1-0 Belgium: England's crosses into the box have been poor. Neither hit the target with their headers.
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Paris Saint-Germain defender Meunier made a quick impression by firing Belgium in front following an attack started by Romelu Lukaku.
Kane is still placed to win the Golden Boot with a tournament-leading six goals ahead of Sunday's final.
The two teams had earlier in the group stage beaten Panama and Tunisia with Belgium then knocking out Japan and Brazil.
As England looks ahead to Euro 2020, Gareth Southgate will have to try to find ways to score in the run of play more than England did during this tournament while still keeping the set-piece threat that was so present here in Russian Federation.
Romelu Lukaku couldn't add to his four goals for Belgium and was substituted shortly after misjudging a through ball by De Bruyne.