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Fans to welcome back Red Devils in Brussels this Sunday

22:35 12/07/2018

The Red Devils will return to Belgium on Sunday for a homecoming open-top bus tour through Brussels, finishing with a big celebration in the Grand-Place, it has been confirmed.

After their third-place playoff against England on Saturday afternoon, the Belgian World Cup squad will meet King Philippe and Queen Mathilde at Laeken at 12.30 on Sunday afternoon.

The open-top bus will set off from the royal domain at about 14.00 and arrive in the Grand-Place around 15.00. The players will remain there for about the length of a football match, greeting fans from the balcony of City Hall.

In a joint statement, the office of Brussels mayor Philippe Close and the Belgian Football Union said: "Although the team are disappointed to have not made it to the final, this magnificent event with the supporters will be an opportunity to close the World Cup campaign on a high note."

Access to the Grand-Place is "obviously" free, the City of Brussels said, but big bags will be banned. Two big screens will be put up in the vicinity for those turned away when the Grand-Place reaches capacity.

The event will also be shown live on Belgian TV - and will be over by 17.00 in time to catch the France-Croatia final.