England came from behind to overcome the world’s top-ranked team Belgium and record an important Uefa Nations League victory at Wembley.
Belgium took a lead their early superiority deserved when Romelu Lukaku sent England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford the wrong way after the striker had been brought down by Eric Dier’s poor challenge.
England were on the back foot for most of the first half but were handed a lifeline back into the game six minutes before half-time when captain Jordan Henderson went down very easily in a tussle with Thomas Meunier, Marcus Rashford scoring from the spot.
Gareth Southgate’s side enjoyed much more possession and territory after the break but needed a large slice of good fortune to take the lead after 64 minutes, Mason Mount’s effort taking a decisive deflection off Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and looping over helpless keeper Simon Mignolet, inflicting Belgium’s first loss since November 2018.
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- 2Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forJamesat 79′minutes
- 8HendersonSubstituted forPhillipsat 66′minutes
- 7RiceBooked at 32mins
- 10MountSubstituted forSanchoat 89′minutes
- 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forKaneat 66′minutes
- 15MeunierBooked at 38mins
- 7De BruyneSubstituted forVerschaerenat 73′minutes
- 11CarrascoSubstituted forDokuat 83′minutes
Match ends, England 2, Belgium 1.
Second Half ends, England 2, Belgium 1.
Offside, Belgium. Timothy Castagne tries a through ball, but Yari Verschaeren is caught offside.
Substitution, England. Jadon Sancho replaces Mason Mount.
Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Belgium).
Harry Kane (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Declan Rice following a fast break.
Timothy Castagne (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mason Mount (England).
Offside, Belgium. Timothy Castagne tries a through ball, but Jéremy Doku is caught offside.
Substitution, Belgium. Jéremy Doku replaces Yannick Carrasco.
Attempt missed. Harry Kane (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross following a corner.
Corner, England. Conceded by Jason Denayer.
Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Reece James.
Substitution, England. Reece James replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Declan Rice.
Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.
Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jason Denayer following a corner.
Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.