Mason Mount’s goal the difference as England take all three points in Nations League

Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount made the difference as England came back from 1-0 down to beat Belgium 2-1 at Wembley.

Both Belgium and Engand started the game off slowly, keeping possession of the ball and building up an attack. Belgium had the first proper attack of the game in the 10th minute as De Bruyne crossed the ball into Lukaku who couldn’t direct his header on target.

The first goal came shortly after as Carrasco thumped the ball into the corner of the net past Pickford, however Belgium celebrations were cut short as the flag was raised and an offside was given in the build up to the goal.

Belgium began to pick up the pace and continue to attack the England half. On the brink of the 15th minute, Eric Dier made a rash challenge on ex-Manchester United player Romulu Lukaku who went to ground and won a penalty for Belgium.

Lukaku then stepped up and fired the penalty past Jordan Pickford to put Belgium ahead.

Despite England starting the game with 5 defenders, Belgium were finding it easy to glide past them and pick apart the England side with multiple passes. 

For the first half an hour of this game, Romulu Lukaku was the best player on the pitch, really causing the England defence problems for the majority of the first half.

England had 80% possession for the first 10 minutes but that has now changed, Belgium have been dominating the ball as of late, whilst finding space down both flanks to cross the ball into the area and cause England problems.

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The first booking of the game went to England’s Declan Rice after a hard challenge on Belgium’s Axel Witsel.

10 minutes before half time, England won a corner that was whipped in by Keiran Trippier and led to an England penalty after England’s Jordan Henderson was pulled down in the box by Belgium’s Thomas Muenier

The penalty was tucked home by Marcus Rashford MBE after sending Simon Mingolet the wrong way.


Neither side made changes at the break.

England have started the second half much like they did in the first, keeping hold of the ball not letting Belgium have control of it.

Shouts for another England penalty after Calvert-Lewin felt as though he was fouled after challenging for a header against Belgium’s Denayer.

Despite being on a yellow card, Delcan Rice put in an excellent challenge on Romulu Lukaku. England started being a lot more aggressive in the second half.

Calvert-Lewin nearly pounced on a defensive Belgium mistake but Simon Mingolet did well to come off his line quickly and clear any danger.

England found themselves 2-1 up after Mason Mount cut back after a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold and hit one over Simon Mignolet afer a huge deflection took it away from the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. 

With half an hour to go, England made their first change after taking off Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Henderson for Harry Kane and Kalvin Phillips.

Belgium had a great chance to level the game after a wonderful outside the foot pass from the Premier League player of the year Kevin De Bruyne found Carassco who couldn’t direct the shot past Pickford and into the back of the England net.

Shortly after the Belgium chance, De Bruyne was subbed off and looked to have slightly limped off the pitch, a worrying sign for Belgium and Manchester City fans.

For the last ten minutes of the game, England did reasonably well to keep Belgium off the ball and it proved to be decisive as the game ended 2-1.

Lukaku’s first half penalty didn’t prove to be enough against the England side, after Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount found the goals to beat Belgium and gain 3 points in the Nations League.

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