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FINAL MEETING vs. BELGIUM

 

  Tuesday, 26 March 2024
An Alzheimer's Society Friendly International match

England 2 Belgium 2 [1-2]
 
 
The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 7.45pm
Attendance: 80,733
Declan Rice wins the toss
Kobbie Mainoo kicks off
98 minutes 47:57 & 50:20


[1-1] Ivan Toney penalty 17 16:47
Ivan Toney: INITIAL
 placed right-footed strike into the left as Sels dived in the opposite direction
(Vertonghen fouled Toney 14:32)
(awarded 14:34)
 
VAR Checked 16:04
[1-1] Jarrod Bowen header scores 25:58
 VAR Checked 27:25: disallowed for offside
[0-1] Youri Tielemans 11 10:23
Jordan Pickford's pass from the touchline is picked up by Amadou Onana who plays it off to Tielemans to strike from twenty yards left-footed into bottom right corner




[1-2] Youri Tielemans 36 35:02
Romelulu Lukaku's pinpoint cross is met by Tielemen's diving header from three yards
 
[2-2] Jude Bellingham 90+5 94:27
James Maddison: CREATIVE
 right-placed strike from twelve yards following Maddison's pull-back from the touchline
 
   
Joe Gomez 67 66:07
James Maddison 90+1 90:02


Michy Batshuayi 90+5 94:07
  Commentator: Steve Bower with Rob Green
 
"SAVED BY THE BELL" various
Officials from Austria England Squad Type Belgium Squad
Referee (red)
Sebastian Gishamer
35 (13 October 1988), Bürmoos, FIFA-listed 2018.
19 Goal Attempts 7
7 Attempts on Target 3
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Roland Brandner
46 (24 January 1978)
Santino Schreiner
32 (29 January 1992)
6 Corner Kicks Won 1
Fourth official
Harald Lechner
, 41 (30 July 1982), Wien, FIFA-listed 2010
2 Offside Calls Against 1
13 Fouls Conceded 12
Video Assistant Officials               63% Possession 37%
Manuel Schüttengruber, 40 (20 July 1983), Linz, FIFA-listed 2014
Walter Altmann, 39
 
England Team
 
Rank FIFA (15th February 2024) 3rd
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 7th to 6th
Colours The Nike 2024 away uniform - Dark Raisin shadow pinstriped crew necked jerseys with seven-coloured side panel and sesame trim, dark raisin shorts with seven-coloured side panel, dark raisin socks with seven-coloured trimmed tops.
Captain Declan Rice Manager Gareth Southgate, 53 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016. 
P 1 of 1, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 2 - A 2. P 93rd of 95, W 57 - D 21 - L 15 - F 202 - A 65. 
England Lineup
  five changes on the previous match league position (14th March)  
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 30
19 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 16th) 60 45ᵍᵃ
the 48th player to reach the 60-app milestone
2 Konsa, Ezri N. 26
155 days
23 October 1997 RB/RCD Aston Villa FC (PL 4th) 2 0
5 Stones, John, injured off 10th min. 29
303 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC (PL 3rd) 71 3
6 Dunk, Lewis C. 32
126 days
21 November 1991 LCD Brighton & Hove Albion FC (PL 8th) 5 0
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 27
98 days
21 December 1996 LB Chelsea FC (PL 11th) 21 1
final app 2018-24
21 Mainoo, Kobbie B., off 74th min. 18
342 days
19 April 2005 RDM Manchester United FC (PL 6th) 2 0
4 Rice, Declan 25
72 days
14 January 1999 LDM Arsenal FC (PL TOP) 50 3
the 67th player to reach 50-app ~ fifth youngest
18 Bowen, Jarrod, off 80th min. 27
97 days
20 December 1996 RAM West Ham United FC (PL 7th) 7 0
10
Bellingham, Jude V.W. 20
271 days
29 June 2003 CAM Real Madrid CF, Spain (LL TOP) 29 3
7 Foden, Philip W. 23
303 days
28 May 2000 LAM Manchester City FC (PL 3rd) 33 4
17 Toney, Ivan B.E., off 80th min. 28
10 days
16 March 1996 CF Brentford FC (PL 15th) 2 1 ¹
the 109th penalty-kick scored (147) most appearanced England player at Brentford
       
England Substitutes
12 Gomez, Joseph D., on 10th min. (9:17) for Stones 26
308 days
23 May 1997 RB
 
Liverpool FC (PL 2nd)
 
13
 
9 0
 
4
 
67th min. for pulling back Jérémy Doku as he attempted to sprint away
scoreline: England 1 Belgium 2
20
Maddison, James D., on 74th min. (73:36) for Mainoo 27
124 days
23 November 1996 RM
 
Tottenham Hotspur FC (PL 5th)
6
 
2 0
 
4
91st min. for a foul on Aster Vranckx on the halfway line  
11 Gordon, Anthony M., on 80th min. (79:37) for Bowen 23
31 days
24 February 2001 RF Newcastle United FC (PL 10th) 2 1 0
1
9 Watkins, Oliver G.A., on 80th min. (79:44) for Toney 28
87 days
30 December 1995 CF Aston Villa FC (PL 4th) 11 4 3
7
result: England 2 Belgium 2
unused substitutes: 8-Conor Gallagher, 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 14-Jordon Henderson, 15-Jarrad Branthwaite, 16-Rico Lewis, 19-Marcus Rashford, 22-James Trafford, 23-Cole Palmer.
stadium notes: The last time England were two-one down in a Wembley friendly was against Germany in August 2007.
Ben Chilwell is the 56th England player to have played at the stadium ten times-or-more.
Anthony Gordon is the 125th England player to have played at The National Stadium more than once.
team notes: This is England's 400th friendly match. (W 226 - D 96 - A 78 - F 886 - A 445)
John Stones received a pass from Lewis Dunk, and in an attempt to play the pass on, managed to drag his foot in the turf and pulled his left adductor muscle (4:52). His attempt to run it off proved fruitless when he further stretched his leg (6:19) in retrieving a ball he passed too far of himself and immediately called to the bench for treatment (6:21). He received on-field treatment (8:24) before being replaced.
For the second half of this match, the team will not be wearing names on the back of their shirts. To highlight the issues of Alzheimer's disease.
Not since 2007 have England failed to win of their first two matches of the new calendar year. Then, like now, was a loss (Spain) and a draw (Israel).
captain notes: Declan Rice is the 127th known captain of England. The thirteenth captain used under Southgate (the tenth new), and the first to come from Arsenal FC since Sol Campbell in May 2005.
penalty notes: Ivan Toney becomes the first player since Allan Clarke in the 1970 World Cup Finals tournament to score from the spot on his first start for his country.
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.
4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Konsa, Stones (Gomez), Dunk, Chilwell -
Mainoo
(Maddison), Rice -
Bowen
(Gordon), Bellingham, Foden -
Toney
(Watkins)
notes: when Gomez replaced Stones, he took up Konsa's right-back position
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 318 days Appearances/Goals 25.6 1.2
Belgium Team
 
 Rank FIFA (15th February 2024) 4th
EFO ranking Group Three
ELO rating 9th
Colours Made by Adidas - Light blue wing-collared jerseys with white collar/side/adidas shoulder trim, brown shorts with white side trim, white socks.
Captain Romelu Lukaku
Jan Vertonghen
82:31
Manager Domenico Tedesco, 38 (12 September 1985, in Rossano, Italy), appointed on 8 February 2023.
fourteenth match, W 10 - D 4 - L 0 - F 28: A 8.
Belgium Lineup
13 Sels, Matz W.E. 32
29 days
26 February 1992 G Nottingham Forest FC, England 8 5ᵍᵃ
21 Castagne, Timothy 28
112 days
5 December 1995 RB Fulham FC, England 41 2
2 Debast, Zeno, off 83rd min. 20
154 days
24 October 2003 RCD RSC Anderlecht 6 0
5 Vertonghen, Jan B.L. 36
337 days
24 April 1987 LCD RSC Anderlecht 154 10
3 Theate, Arthur N., off 71st min. 23
306 days
25 May 2000 LB Stade Rennais FC, France 15 0
18 Mangala, Orel J., off 82nd min. 25
8 days
18 March 1998 LM Olympique Lyonnais, France, on loan from Nottingham Forest FC, England 13 0
6 Onana, Amadou B.Z.G.M. 22
223 days
16 August 2001
in Dakar, Senegal
DM Everton FC, England 11 0
8
Tielemens, Youri M., off 71st min. 26
324 days
7 May 1997 RM Aston Villa FC, England 67 7
11 Trossard, Leandro, off 60th min. 29
113 days
4 December 1995 LF Arsenal FC, England 32 7
10 Lukaku Bolingoli, Romelu M., off 83rd min. 30
318 days
13 May 1993 CF AS Roma, Italy, on loan from Chelsea FC, England 114 83
7 Doku, Jérémy B. 21
304 days
27 May 2002 RF Manchester City FC, England 20 2
Belgium Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Belgium 2
14 Lukébakio Ngandoli, Dodi, on 60th min. (59:52) for Trossard 26
184 days
24 September 1997 LF Sevilla FC, Spain 14 2
22 Vranckx, Aster J., on 71st min. (70:21) for Tielemans 21
144 days
4 October 2002 RM VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 6 0
15 Meunier, Thomas, on 71st min. (70:39) for Theate 32
184 days
12 September 1991 LB Trabzonspor, Turkey 64 8
9 Openda, Ikoma-Loïs, on 82nd min. (81:54) for Mangala 24
39 days
16 February 2000 LF RB Leipzig, Germany 16 2
4 Faes, Wout Felix Lina, on 83rd min. (82:07) for Debast 25
358 days
3 April 1998 RCD Leicester City FC, England 13 0
23 Batshuayi-Atunga, Michy, on 83rd min. (82:36) for Lukaku 30
146 days
2 October 1993 CF
 
Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey
 
55
 
27
 
95th min. for not stepping away from a quick Jude Bellingham free-kick
     
result: England 2 Belgium 2
unused substitutes: 12-Thomas Kaminski, 16-Olivier Deman, 19-Johan Bakayoko, 20-Arthur Vermeeren, 24-Koni De Winter, 25-Arnaud Bodart.
team notes:  
 
4-3-3 Sels -
Castagne, Debast (Faes), Vertonghen, Theate (Meunier) -
Mangala
(Openda), Onana, Tielemans (Vranckx) -
Trossard
(Lukébakio), Lukaku (Batshuayi), Doku
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 38 days Appearances/Goals 43.7 9.9
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

For the 200th match report I have written for this wonderful website, I wanted a good game to celebrate, and by and large I did get my wish.  Seeing a very proud Declan Rice lead out the England team on his first game as captain of the side lifted the spirits on a dreadfully wet night at Wembley.  Both teams then went on to serve up an entertaining international, with some great play, and some downright awful play offered in equal measures.  Thankfully, the conclusion of the match gave us some pure class on show.

England came so close to taking a first minute lead as Jarrod Bowen, lively throughout, sprinted down the right before sending a cross in to the marauding Ivan Toney.  His attempt at a volleyed finish was actually stopped by his own flailing hand, otherwise it would have been a dream start, not only for England but for the recalled Toney.  After that though, England struggled for the next period of the match.  On six minutes they twice gave away possession cheaply, John Stones and Ben Chilwell the guilty parties.  Luckily other English players came to the rescue by winning the ball back.  A minute later superb control from Bowen again, won England a corner.  That was cleared and the next incident saw Stones go off with an injury, a big blow for the home side.

With Joe Gomez replacing him at the back, England suddenly found themselves a goal down thanks to a ludicrous bit of play by Jordon Pickford.  The goalkeeper seems to have adopted a position in the back four just lately, and he picked up the ball far out on the left of his penalty area.  Now, when I was at school I was told never to pass the ball across your area, but Pickford ignored this basic advice by passing the ball directly to Amadou Ogana in the centre.  The Belgian's pass then set up Youri Tielemans who cleverly made Pickford look a complete, I'm tempted to use the word 'idiot' but I will use novice!  What an awful goal to give away!  Credit to Tielemans though as he took his shot perfectly.  I've always loved the way that Pickford blames everyone else when England concede a goal, but this time there was no other person to blame but himself.

At the risk of being too critical, is Ben Chilwell a former member of 'One Direction'?  I ask because he only ever seems to want to play the ball backwards.  Luckily for England, things improved after 15 minutes of play.

Kobbie Mainoo and Jude Bellingham combined well to send Toney into the box.  The striker cleverly got across his man and went down under a challenge.  Penalty given!  A VAR check was completed and Toney composed himself for the kick and tucked the ball away with aplomb.  The rain was now lashing down, but the happiest player on the pitch after England's equaliser was goalkeeper Pickford.  And all credit to England's Number One in the 20th minute as Tielemans set up Jeremy Doku for a low shot which Pickford pushed away to safety.  (I love our keeper really, he's a former Preston North Ender!)

On 26 minutes, England almost snatch the lead as Bowen set up Bellingham only for Zeno Debast to get a touch which took the ball over the bar.  From the deep corner Lewis Dunk headed back across goal for Bowen to nod the ball in to the net.  Our celebrations were cut short by another VAR check which gave offside.  Although it was a correct decision, you had to feel sorry for Bowen who thought he had his first England goal.  In the next five minutes Bowen hit a good shot just over and then Bellingham had the miss of the match when he shot over when it looked impossible to miss.  That heralded a breakaway by Belgium on 36 minutes.  A superb crossfield pass from deep in his own half from Tielemans seemed easy for Dunk to win the ball with Romelu Lukaku lurking.  For some inexplicable reason, Dunk lost possession by going to ground and Lukaku had a clear sight of goal.  The Belgian forward then came up with a fabulous pass with the outside of his boot to find Tielemans following up and planting a diving header past Pickford.

With three minutes of added time before the break England hit back with goal attempts from Bellingham and Bowen who both forced saves from Mats Sels in the Belgian goal.  That preserved the visitor's lead at half-time.  Early in the second-half England broke away through the impressive Mainoo and that move ended with a corner and a shot wide by Chilwell.  Belgium began the half in an assured mood, but just gradually it was England who slowly gained more control.  Rice was working his socks off as always, and Phil Foden was coming more and more into the picture.  One break from him led to a fierce shot by Toney that brought another save from Sels.

On 54 minutes a neat chip by Gomez found the head of Bellingham, but his weak header missed the target.  Doku was the Belgian danger man and his breaks caused England some discomfort without creating anything too drastic.  Bellingham did not have as good a game as usual at times, but he is a battler and worked hard to create something as England tried hard for an elusive goal.  There was plenty of end to end play as the half progressed with both sides forcing goalkeeper saves.  As time was running out England needed a slice of luck, or maybe just a little piece of magic.  Gareth Southgate sent on James Maddison as a substitute for Mainoo to try something new.

With ten minutes left Bowen's brilliant run set up a chance for Foden but his cross-shot flew inches wide of the far post.  With that, Gareth Southgate took off England's best player, Bowen, along with Toney, and brought on Anthony Gordon and Ollie Watkins.  As the last minutes ticked away England had a couple more near misses but the final touches were just not there.

Just as you thought the game was over England found that long overdue goal.  Watkins and Maddison battled for the ball on the goalline with a defender, and Maddison gained possession to square a pass into the path of Bellingham, who calmly side-footed a shot past the goalkeeper, much to the delight of the home crowd and the despair of the Belgian contingent.  It was a touch of class from Bellingham, and his after match chat showed what a lovely lad he is, speaking so much sense about the game as a whole.  England did deserve their draw and to gain their reward at the end of an enthralling contest left them looking forward to the future challenges.

PHEW, is my last word on the match!
  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
Belgium FA
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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