Dris Mertens scored a free kick with Dris Mertens was the first player to score a direct penalty in Belgium after Kevin de Bruijn against Israel in 2015.

The hope of England to reach the final of the League of Nations came to an end with the defeat for Belgium in Leuven.

The Gareth Southgate team had many obsessions against the top team of the world, but they were powerless in the attack and were eventually destroyed by two early goals.

The goal was scored 10 minutes later by Yuri Thielemans of Lester City, whose 20-metre shot was higher than that of Tyrone Ming. Dries Mertens doubled his lead 13 minutes later with a beautiful free kick after Declan Rice was suddenly recognized by the insulting Kevin de Bruin.

The second half of Belgium fell for Romel Lukak, who brilliantly left the Harry Kane line, and while England spent most of the second half in the rival half, she missed opportunities to close the gap.

A defeat means that England will not reach the final after having reached third place in 2019, when Portugal first appeared.

In another A2 match Christian Eriksen scored twice to make Denmark win 2-1 against Iceland.

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was replaced in half-time as a precaution, while Chelsea limped Ben Chilwell’s left side for 38 minutes with a clear back injury.

Grilish puts its brand.

Jack Grilish Grilish made his competitive debut in England.

England was without the wounded Raheem Sterling, giving Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish the opportunity to consolidate the beautiful impression he had made on the international stage at an early stage.

He became an excellent performer and a driving force in England and attracted a number of crowds from Belgium.

Whatever the result, Grialisch can be very satisfied with his own individual performance, followed by his impressive performance in the friendly matches against Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

This is also a pleasant problem for Southgate. It has often seemed that Grialish Southgate should be convincing at this level of his pedigree, and although the director may still prefer the top three Kaines, Sterling and Marcus Rashford, if all goes well and is in good shape, he now has other options.

The victory of group Ranking Belgium allowed them to take two points at the top of the ranking on their way to the final.

Is the English system too negative?

Once again Southgate followed the five-point system from behind – and once again it seemed that the scheme had left England at the wrong pace and in the wrong creative way.

With all the trumps England had at its disposal, the Belgian goalkeeper Thibault Kurtois hardly ever worked seriously.

Southgate may indicate that England has remained without the influence of Sterling and Rashford, but the balance has not yet been found and there is no evidence yet.

Belgium doesn’t look too worrying – they almost took the lead in the second half – and demand easy revenge for their defeat at Wembley in October.

Grealish had an excellent game – response from manager.

Belgian manager Roberto Martinez: It was a very good football match, two strong teams who know each other well and have played together four times since the 2018 World Cup.

We had an early advantage and then we had to suffer, see the press and take the risk that England took. We couldn’t take advantage of it, we defended ourselves well and concentrated well. I really like it. We must pay tribute to England, they played very well in the second half and pushed us up.

The English manager, Gareth Southgate: We don’t like to lose, but it’s a great honor for the team. All this time, they’ve been causing trouble and fighting fiercely. I thought we did a good job. I missed the players’ praise.

We had a different player profile, but in those positions, I thought Jack Grealish was an absolutely excellent game. With the loss of Rahim Sterling and Marcus Rashford we lose a lot of speed. But I can’t blame the offensive game on the last chance.

Best statistics

  • England lost for the first time against foreigners, losing three consecutive races between July and September 2018, and in the same race they were defeated by Belgium.
  • It was the 50th. The race of Roberto Martinez for Belgium and the 39th minute of the season. Victory under his leadership, with only four defeats (D7).
  • It was England’s tenth defeat in 48 games under Gareth Southgate and the first manager to lose 10 games against the Three Lions since Sven-Goran Ericsson lost 10 of his 67 big games.
  • Belgium has won each of the last 11 participating national teams, scored 48 goals and only missed four at that time.
  • England admitted two goals from outside the penalty area for the first time since June 2017 in a one-on-one match against Scotland. In the break, England lost two goals in a friendly game against the Netherlands for the first time since August 2009.
  • Thielemans scored his third goal with 33 Belgian quartermasters; in his last five appearances for club and country he had scored three times, the same number as in the previous 46 together.
  • In the last 13 performances for Belgium (15 goals, 4 assists), Lukaku participated directly in 19 goals.
  • Kane was the first player to make 50 international appearances in England for Tottenham Hotspur and the first outfield player to make his first 50 appearances in England with the same club as John Terry and Chelsea.

What happens then?

On Wednesday (19:45 GMT) England will host Iceland in the final of the League of Nations.

The actors of the game

Jack fries



  • 1Kurtua
  • 2AlderweireldBuchen in 51 min.
  • 3D receiver
  • 5 value tones
  • 15MeunierReserved for 54mins
  • 8Thilemans
  • 6WitselBookable at 44mins
  • 10T Danger
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 14MertensMediated by Proletat 83’minutes
  • 9 Lukaku


  • 4Mechel
  • 11Lucabacio
  • 12Magnollet
  • 13Castles
  • 16Focet
  • 17Vanaken
  • 18 Shaving
  • 19Press
  • 20Benteke
  • 21Did
  • 22Chadley
  • 23Batshuai


  • 1Pikford
  • 2 walkers
  • 4Animal
  • 12Mingen
  • 3TripperReplaced by Sanchoat 70’min.
  • 8HendersonReplaced by a wink of 45 minutes
  • 5Pis
  • 15ChilewellReplaced by sakaat 38 minutes
  • 7AmountSubstitution of Calvert Lewinate 69’minutes
  • 16Realist
  • 9Chain


  • 6Kin
  • 11Sancho
  • 13Dad
  • 14 Wink
  • 17MytelandNiles
  • 18Calvert Lewin
  • 19Foden
  • 20Saka
  • 21Abraham
  • 22Henderson
  • 23Bellingham

Real-time text

  1. Final of the race, Belgium 2, England 0.
  2. End of the second half, Belgium 2, England 0.
  3. Error of Harry Winx, England.
  4. Axel Witsel (Belgium) hits a free kick in the defensive half.
  5. I missed a shot. Romel Lukaku (Belgium) takes a left shot outside the penalty area, but misses on the left side. With the support of Yuri Thielemans after a short break.
  6. I missed a shot. Axl Witzel’s shot is too high on the right side of the penalty area. With Dennis Prett’s support.
  7. The attempt is blocked. Romel Lukaku (Belgium) blocks a left shot from outside the penalty area. With the support of Kevin de Bruyne.
  8. The attempt is blocked. Harry Kane (England) blocks the left pound in the middle of the box. Supported by Bukayo Saka.
  9. Representation, Belgium. Dennis Preyte replaces Dris Mertens.
  10. I missed a shot. Harry Kane’s right shot from outside the penalty area is close, but it’s missing. Backed by Jack Grilish.
  11. Corner, England. Jason Denier’s confession.
  12. Attempted rescue. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – The left kick from the centre of the penalty area goes over the opponent’s goal and into the centre of the opponent’s goal. Supported by Dris Mertens.
  13. Saka Bukayo (England) hits his free kick left.
  14. Thomas Menier (Belgium) is punished after committing an offence.
  15. Handball from Harry Kane (England).
  16. The attempt is blocked. Harry Kane’s right leg, which was shot from outside the penalty area, is blocked. Supported by Bukayo Saka.
  17. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England) is punished after committing an offence.
  18. Belgium’s Torgan Hazard takes a free kick to the left wing.
  19. Error of Harry Winx, England.
  20. Yuri Thielemans (Belgium) hits a free kick in the defensive half.

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