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Glimpse into Future: England Impress with Belgium Win

Glimpse into Future: England Impress with Belgium Win Photo: TT
Mason Mount of England celebrates scoring the 2nd goal England v Belgium UEFA Nations League Group A2 football match

Gareth Southgate’s England have long been criticised for being unable to beat top opposition but the side silenced those views with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over world number one Belgium on Sunday.

England claimed the victory thanks to Marcus Rashford’s penalty and Mason Mount’s deflected strike, after Belgium had taken an early lead via Romelu Lukaku’s spotkick.

A young and up-and-coming Three Lions side had lost to Belgium in the third place playoff at the 2018 World Cup, but they claimed some sort of vengeance with Sunday’s UEFA Nations League victory in London.

“To go and win against such a top team should give them a sense of what might be possible over the next few years,” Southgate said.

England impressed in their ability to cop early pressure before making some tactical changes to get on top and find a way to score twice.

“We had a 20-minute spell where we were getting caught down the sides,” Southgate said.

“But we rode through that and in a top-level game we were able to use the ball well and create chances.”

The result puts England top of Group A2, after Denmark won 3-0 away to Iceland in the other game with Christian Eriksen among the scorers.

World champions France and European champions Portugal played out a goalless draw in Paris in their Group A3 match.

Croatia applied some pressure on those sides in Group A3 with a 2-1 win over Sweden thanks to in-form Andrej Kramaric’s late strike in Zagreb.

There were no goals across two matches in Group A1, with Bosnia-Herzegovina holding Netherlands scoreless and Poland and Italy drawing 0-0.

Ben somerford
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