After a tournament which promised so much, England are heading home from the World Cup empty-handed as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard were enough to secure a third-placed finish for the Red Devils.
The Leicester player, who scored England's first goal in the quarter-final win against Sweden, said he was "devastated" and "absolutely gutted" after Southgate's team missed the chance to reach the final.
Belgium also squandered a host of gilt-edged chances and though England produced a spirited response after the break, Chelsea star Eden Hazard sealed the victory with a fine 82nd minute effort from De Bruyne's sublime pass.
Having previously contested the match no team wanted to win, Belgium and England squared up in the contest neither side wanted to play.
The Tottenham striker remains the overwhelming favourite to win the Golden Boot with six goals, although he admitted his frustration at failing to find the net in England's final three games.
Belgium and England would have made a great World Cup final, but instead it will be the consolation game. Their previous best was a fourth-place finish in 1986 when they lost to France in this round.
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The boys and their coach introduce themselves individually with the camera turning to show a Thai navy Seal with them. The currents are so strong underground in places. "So it's a really quite a strenuous environment to be in".
It was an anticlimactic way for both these teams - who have given their fans some thrilling moments in Russian Federation - to end the World Cup but Belgium leave with a deserved piece of history.
"We need to regroup and recover and see the opportunity".
Belgium\'s Thomas Meunier scores the opening goal. "Third place is a minimum for us", he told a news conference at the team's training base in Moscow.
But Hazard beat the Everton keeper two minutes later, De Bruyne feeding him in the box to slip home and draw a smile of satisfaction from his manager, Roberto Martinez.
Belgium and England meet for the second time in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and this time the game is nearly as meaningless as their first meeting with only 3rd place on the line. His value has never been higher, but neither has Hazard's reputation, so the smile on his face after the game against England might have had more to do with that the bronze medal he was wearing. While Loftus-Cheek was decent, Delph did nothing of note and Dier struggled in midfield against Tielemans and Kevin De Bruyne. The only significance of the match was to decide who will finish as group toppers and runner-ups.
"We are better than England". However, we'd expect Lukaku to start and when Belgium score a few he generally gets on the scoresheet. In goal, Jordan Pickford is likely to be afforded a breather, with Jack Butland coming in for England's final game.
"We want to finish on a high and these players deserve to finish on a high", said the Spaniard. That doesn´t happen too often, so we need to understand that this is an important game.