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1008 vs. Belgium
  Sunday, 11 October 2020
UEFA Nations League 2020-21 League A Group two match

England 2 Belgium 1 [1-1]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 5.00pm
Attendance: behind closed doors

95 minutes 45:59 & 48:57 Romalu Lukaka kicked-off
after 'taking the knee'
Five substitutes are permitted in the October-round of Nations League matches

[1-1]Marcus Rashford penalty 39 38:27
 powerful penalty to the left of goal as Mignolet dived to the right
(Meunier foul Henderson 37:35; awarded 37:36)
[0-0] Carrasco goal disallowed: offside 10:06
[0-1]Romalu Lukaku penalty 16 15:25
right-footed placed penalty to the right as Pickford dives left
(Dier fouled Lukaka 14:23, awarded 14:28)
[2-1] Mason Mount 64 63:51
 right-footed curling shot from 15 yards into the top corner, deflecting off Alderweireld's boot, assisted by Kieran Trippier
Declan Rice 32 31:24
Thomas Meunier 38 37:40
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville


Officials from Germany England Squad


Belgium Squad
Referee (black)
Tobias Stieler

 39 (2 July 1981), Obertshausen, FIFA-listed 2014.
9 Goal Attempts 10
3 Attempts on Target 2
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Mike Pickel
45 (8 April 1975)
Christian Gittelmann
37 (12 February 1983).
7 Corner Kicks Won 5
Fourth official
Christian Dingert
40 (14 July 1980), Thallichtenberg, FIFA-listed 2013.
2 Offside Calls Against 5
4 Fouls Conceded 5
48% Possession 52%

England Team



FIFA (17th Sept 2020) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 11th to 7th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home uniform - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, navy blue shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Jordan Henderson
7th, W 5 - L 2 - L 0 - F 13 - A 4.
Harry Kane
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
45th match, W 27 - D 10 - L 8 - F 93 - A 34.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 26
218 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 27 24ᵍᵃ
sixth goalkeeper to face four penalty kicks
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., off 79th min. 22
4 days
7 October 1998 RWB Liverpool FC 12 1
Trippier, Kieran J. 30
22 days
19 September 1990 LWB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 23 1
4 Walker, Kyle A. 30
136 days
28 May 1990 LD Manchester City FC 50 0
the 61st player to reach the 50-app milestone
5 Dier, Eric J.E. 26
270 days
15 January 1994 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 43 3
the 1000th appearance by a Hotspur player
6 Maguire, J. Harry 27
220 days
5 March 1993 RD Manchester United FC 27 1
7 Rice, Declan 21
271 days
14 January 1999 CM
West Ham United FC

32nd min. after his challenge with Alex Witsel was deemed a foul.
8 Henderson, Jordan B., off 65th min. 30
116 days
17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC 56 0
9 Calvert-Lewin, Dominic N., off 66th min. 23
209 days
16 March 1997 RF Everton FC 2 1
Mount, Mason T., off 89th min. 21
275 days
10 January 1999 RM Chelsea FC 9 2
11 Rashford, Marcus 22
347 days
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 39 11
93rd penalty-kick scored (127)
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Belgium 1
17 Phillips, Kalvin M., on 65th min. (64:50) for Henderson 24
314 days
2 December 1995 LM Leeds United AFC 3 2  0
20 Kane, Harry E., on 66th min. (65:10) for Calvert-Lewin 27
75 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 48 40 32
14 James, Reece T., on 79th min. (78:20) for Alexander-Arnold 20
308 days
8 December 1999 RWB Chelsea FC 2 0 0
23 Sancho, Jadon M., on 89th min. (88:45) for Mount 20
200 days
25 March 2000 LM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 14 8 2
result: England 2 Belgium 1

unused substitutes:

12-Tyrone Mings, 13-Nick Pope, 15-Conor Coady, 16-Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 18-James Ward-Prowse, 19-Jack Grealish, 21-Danny Ings, 23-Dean Henderson.

team notes:

This is England's first ever qualification match against Belgium.
Gareth Southgate is the first manager since Walter Winterbottom in 1952 to have managed England against Belgium three times.
Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford are the only two to have featured in all nine Nation League matches.

ranking notes:

This is England's first ever qualification match against the highest FIFA-ranked nation. Also England's highest ranking in the fixture (4th vs. 1st).
Their first fixture against the highest ranking FIFA nation since November 2017. No victory since November 2011 against Spain...This is their second victory against a highest-FIFA ranked nation.


England have now won 21 of their last twenty home competitive matches.
Lukaku's goal is the 600th goal England have conceded whilst under a Conservative government.
Meanwhile, Rashford's equalising penalty was the 1400th goal in the Queen Elizabeth II reign.
Mount's winning goal was the fiftieth home goal scored in the Southgate era.
Those two goals were the 71st and 72nd goals against Belgium, making them the most scored-against country other than the Home Nations, beating the 71 goals scored against France.
It is also their ninetieth competitive victory at home in 124 attempts.
Manager Gareth Southgate played against Belgium in the October 1999 friendly victory. He had been a squad member in the pre-World Cup Finals warm-up match in May 1998.
3-5-2 Pickford -
Walker, Dier, Maguire -
(James), Mount (Sancho), Rice, Henderson (Phillips), Trippier -
(Kane), Rashford

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 291 days Appearances/Goals 27.1      1.7

Belgium Team



FIFA (17th Sept 2020) 1st
EFO ranking Group One (4th)
ELO rating 1st to 3rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red v-necked jerseys with broad black sashes, black/yellow trimmed collar/cuffs, black adidas side stripes, red shorts with black adidas side stripes, red socks with black adidas striped tops.
Capt: Kevin De Bruyne
until 72nd min.
Manager: Roberto Martínez Montoliu, 47 (13 July 1973, in Balaguer, Spain), appointed 3 August 2016.
47th match, W 36 - D 7 - L 4 - F 143 - A 37.
Belgium Lineup
12 Mignolet, Simon L.H. 32
219 days
6 March 1988 G Club Brugge KV 27 30ᵍᵃ
15 Meunier, Thomas 29
29 days
12 September 1991 RWB Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 42
38th min. for pulling Jordan Henderson by his shoulder at a corner kick. PENALTY
2 Alderwiereld, Tobias A.M. 31
223 days
2 March 1989 RD Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 101 3
3 Denayer, Jason G.M. 25
105 days
28 June 1995 CD Olympique Lyonnais, France 16 1
4 Boyata, A. Dedryck 27
318 days
28 November 1990 RD Hertha, Berliner SC, Germany 19 0
21 Castagne, Timothy 24
311 days
5 December 1995 LWB Leicester City FC, England 10 2
6 Witsel, Axel L.A.L. 31
273 days
12 January 1989 RM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 108 10
8 Tielemens, Youri 23
157 days
7 May 1997 LM Leicester City FC, England 30 2
7 De Bruyne, Kevin, off 73rd min. 29
105 days
28 June 1991 RF Manchester City FC, England 76 19
9 Lukaku Bolingoli, Romelu M. 27
151 days
13 May 1993
FC Internazionale Milano, Italy
58th penalty against scored (87th overall) most gls
11 Carrasco, Yannick F., off 83rd min. 27
37 days
4 September 1993 LF Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 43 6
Belgium Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Belgium 1
18 Verschaeren, Yari, on 73rd min. (72:07) for De Bruyne 19
91 days
12 July 2001 RF RSC Anderlecht 6 1
19 Doku, Jérémy, on 83rd min. (82:05) for Carrasco 18
137 days
27 May 2002 F RSC Anderlecht 4 1
result: England 2 Belgium 1

unused substitutes:

1-Davy Roef, 5-Joris Kayembe, 10-Leandro Trossard, 13-Thomas Kaminski, 14-Hans Vanaken, 16-Leander Dendoncker, 17-Divock Origi, 20-Christian Benteke, 22-Brandon Mechele, 23-Michy Batshuayi.


Lukaka's goal was the first goal conceded by England in exactly a year.
Belgium's first defeat in nearly two years, November 2018.
3-4-3 Mignolet -
Alderwiereld, Denayer, Boyata -
Meunier, Witsel, Tielemens, Castagne -
De Bruyne
(Verschaeren), Lukaka, Carrasco (Doku)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 144 days Appearances/Goals 50.7 9.3

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England versus the current No. 1 team in the world, Belgium, and it should have been a cracking match played in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.  Alas, current times are not in favour of that, in every sense, and instead we had a very disappointing match, where the only saving grace was an England win, not to be sneezed at, of course.  Gareth Southgate made lots of expected changes and one or two that weren’t expected.  Belgium, meanwhile, were missing some of their star players, but then, so were England.

Belgium started the game well, and they forced England on to the back foot.  Quick passing and breaking at pace saw them put pressure on England’s three at the back.  Attack-wise, England showed little in that area in the first 25 minutes or so.  A long 60-yard pass out of defence by Belgium saw Kevin De Bruyne’s shot well charged down by Declan Rice.  On ten minutes Belgium scored, or at least the crowd thought so, well, those that were watching on telly!  Thomas Meunier put the ball into the net but a very late offside flag saved the home side.  There was no VAR so, no argument really, but it was a very tight decision.

Five minutes later, and the visitors did take the lead.  A swift break down the right saw Romeo Lukaku, outstripping Eric Dier for pace.  A last ditch lunge by the England defender, ended with Lukaku being brought down for a pretty clear penalty.  The former Manchester United player took the kick and drilled his shot home with Jordan Pickford going the wrong way.  It was no less that Belgium deserved at this stage as they were dominating the match.  Another fine attack, with fast paced passing and movement saw Meunier again pulled back for an offside decision, when a goal looked on.  England breathed a sigh of relief again, and after that, ever so slightly, forged their way into the play.

England had an excellent spell with ten minutes to go before the break, winning a succession of corners and genuinely forcing Belgium on the back foot for a change.  From one of these corners, as the ball came over, Jordan Henderson went down in the box, and the German referee awarded England a penalty.  No VAR, so no argument again, but replays suggested that it was a soft one to say the least.  But no England fans watching were too bothered by that, and up stepped Marcus Rashford to wallop the ball past Simon Mignolet for an equaliser and complete a memorable few days for the new MBE.  Now I have to ask, was Rashford the first MBE to score a penalty for England at Wembley?  That’s one for the statisticians.

Belgium were stunned that England had the temerity to equalise and immediately came back strongly.  Yannick Carrasco should have scored when well placed but he scuffed his short wide of the post, another let-off for England.  The half-time break came at the right time for the home side and now they could re-group.  Only one shot on target in the half, and that was the penalty, so more going forward was the main discussion in the home dressing room one would think.

In fact, just four minutes after the restart, fine play by Rashford saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin fire a shot just over.  the Everton striker had been feeding on scraps throughout the first-half, so he would have been delighted to see that chance come along.  It had been a good start by England in this half, passing better and playing calmly and exerting some pressure on the Belgian defenders.  The pace of the game had slowed and play was a little more cagey.

Just as England had substitutes warming up, they suddenly turned the game around by taking the lead.  Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier combined well with Alexander-Arnold’s fine cross being headed down to Mason Mount.  He gained possession just inside the left of the penalty area, adjusted his feet, and hit a curling shot at goal.  Toby Alderweireld stuck out a foot to try and block the shot and the ball deflected wickedly off his toe and looped over Mignolet, dropping right in the top corner of the Belgian net.  It was a bit of a freak goal, but none of the English contingent cared too much about that.  2-1 to England.  After the goal, Southgate immediately went ahead with making his first substitutions, with Kalvin Phillips and Harry Kane coming on for Henderson and Calvert-Lewin respectively.

On 72 minutes a wonderful pass by De Bruyne, gave Carasco a fine chance, but again his shot trickled past the far post as Pickford narrowed the angle.  It was the pass of the match from the Manchester City star, but it was also his last contribution as he was then substituted, much to the relief of the England supporters.

Kyle Walker, who made many timely interceptions and tackles in the match, was there again as Belgium hit back through the ever-dangerous Lukaku.  Reece James was then sent on for Alexander-Arnold, to tighten the grip even more for England and with ten minutes to go, Pickford nicely caught a corner before sending a wonderful long, raking pass to Rashford, and England won a corner.  From that Kane had a clear header, but to his anger, he messed it up and the ball missed the target.  A good run by the hard-working Declan Rice, exchanging passes with Rashford, before the latter shot just over with his final effort.

The last seven minutes or so saw England comfortably hold out, with no further alarms.  So, a notable victory, and Belgium’s first defeat in two years.  The final summary says that it was not a special performance from England, but rather a good solid professional team performance, and Southgate was rightly delighted with his sides display, and the result of course.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Belgian FA
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor