Even the World Cup couldn't escape the 'Fortnite' fever

And even though the tournament ended in disappointment with defeats by Croatia in the semi-finals and Belgium in the third-fourth playoff game, Southgate was pleased by their overall showing. "They've done an terrible lot better than I've ever done and we've ever done, so all I can do is tip my hat and congratulate them".

The retailer had launched a promotion before the World Cup promising to pay out if Belgium scored more than 15 goals.

The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, starts at 5 p.m. local time, or 10 a.m.

They were beaten 2-0 by Belgium yesterday in the third-place play-off match that defeat has done little to dampen the spirit of a nation that was gripped with World Cup fever.

"But equally we know we are under no illusions about where we sit in the world standings". More than 100,000 people died and millions were left homeless in the most brutal conflict in Europe since World War II.

"Sometimes I think you have to look at the bigger picture and make decisions that might be criticised", said Southgate at the time.

'The culture of our national team was in tatters, with players boycotting the shirt.

Last month, BBC reported on how essential Fortnite was to keeping members of the England World Cup squad entertained during their downtime.

Both players play at a high level, so this final won't affect them too much.

"So, it was an incredibly hard game for us but in the second half the players were relentless in trying to keep going, actually played some good football, created some chances. We have some minor injuries but I hope we will overcome those today and all my players will be ready to play", the 51-year-old said.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is unconcerned by the extra minutes played by his team ahead of the World Cup final against France.

- There have been nine different scorers for Belgium at this World Cup, just one off the record of 10 set by France in 1982 and matched by Italy in 2006.

The midfielder, who plays for Barcelona, won the Champions League in 2015 and the Europa League with Sevilla the year before, but said he would trade it all - and joked that he would get a tattoo on his forehead - if Croatia were to win."I would exchange all titles", Rakitic said. Would we have rather gone home two days ago?

"It was really a hard game against France".

He said "We have to focus on the game".

"And that allows us now to go back and to identify exactly what we need to do".

  • Julie Sanders