England: Southgate’s team shows class against the worlds best

England: Southgate’s team shows class against the worlds best

England: Southgate’s team shows class against the worlds best

The 3rd match of the Nations League started very quickly with England having most of the possession but with Belgium working very well on the break with them gradually worked their way into the match and having a goal disallowed within the first 15 minutes. Former Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku won a penalty after terrorising the England defence and in the 16th minute, a late tackle from Eric Dier won the spot-kick which Lukaku converted to put Belgium 1-0 ahead.

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In the 39th minute, Jordan Henderson was taken down in the box and a weak penalty decision was given in England’s favour after a set-piece corner was swung in from Trippier. Marcus Rashford put the ball in the net from a penalty kick giving him one of the best weekends of his life after receiving an MBE for his work helping children in need and then scoring a goal for his country.

Gareth Southgate made a few changes from the game against Wales on 8th October 2020, putting out a stronger and more experienced team. In the Wales game, there were less than 60 caps between the whole starting team.

The starting 11 Southgate put out against Belgium -

Number Player
1 Jordan Pickford Everton
2 Kieran Trippier Atletico Madrid
3 Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool
4 Kyle Walker Manchester City
5 Eric Dier Tottenham
6 Harry Maguire Manchester United
7 Declan Rice West Ham
8 Jordan Henderson Liverpool
9 Dominic Calvin-Lewin Everton
10 Mason Mount Chelsea
11 Marcus Rashford Manchester United

The stats within the England vs Belgium game suggest that Belgium were keeping the ball a lot more than England and that they were also making a lot more chances for themselves as they had more shots than their opponent. Belgium had more possession then England, they had 54% all game.

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