England v Belgium, UEFA Nations League LIVE

LIVE NATIONS LEAGUE: England v Belgium… Mason Mount’s deflected strike completes turnaround for Three Lions after Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford exchanged first-half penalties

  • England will ring the changes as they take on Belgium at Wembley on Sunday
  • Gareth Southgate’s side ran out comfortable winners in a friendly with Wales
  • Belgium are a tougher test and currently top their UEFA Nations League group
  • Follow all the live action as it happens at Wembley right here with Sportsmail 

England will look to build on their friendly win over Wales when they take on Nations League group rivals Belgium at Wembley. 

Kevin De Bruyne and Co represent a far trickier assignment for Gareth Southgate, who is set to recall a number of his top stars who were given a rest on Thursday night against Wales.

Follow all the action as it happens right here with Sportsmail.  

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Reece James replaces Alexander-Arnold.

De Bruyne looks to have picked up a niggle and signals to come off. He’s replaced by 
Verschaeren.

Close!

Carrasco meets a brilliant through ball from De Bruyne but can’t place his first-time effort on target.

England switch off and are almost made to pay as Castagne is played in on the left. He has time in the box but his low ball across goal is well dealt with.

Klavin Phillips and Harry Kane replace Henderson and Calvert-Lewin.

England lead!

It’s somewhat of a freak goal as Mount picks up the ball on the left hand side of the box and tries to curl one into the far corner. 

His strike takes a huge deflection and loops over the Belgium keeper.

A slow pace to the game at the moment. Both sides look well organised and are finding it hard to break each other down.

Bright start to the half from England as Rashford takes the ball down the left before cutting it back to Calvert-Lewin, who blazes over.

England get us back underway.

One minute of added time…

Chance for Carrasco after some great work from Lukaku.

The forward takes the ball down before playing an inventive through ball to Carrasco on the right. However, he snatches at the ball and drags it wide.

Rashford dispatches the spot-kick in emphatic fashion.

It’s a soft one…

A corner from the right comes in and Henderson goes down after a small tug from Meunier. The referee points straight to the spot.

Rice picks up the games first yellow for poor challenge.

England continuing to pass the ball nicely but they’re really struggling to find that final ball so far.

Deep ball to the back post from Henderson but Trippier heads over.

Half chance for Meunier as he swipes at a headed ball into the box. He drags it wide, however.

Lukaku makes no mistake, sending Pickford the wrong way. His first goal at Wembley.

Silly challenge from Eric Dier as Lukaku is played into space on the right hand side of the box. The Tottenham midfielder lunges in and takes out the former Man United forward. So unnecessary.

Goal disallowed!

Meunier does well on the right and cuts a ball back to Carrasco, who fires past Pickford from close range. However, the flag goes up for an offside with Pickford’s vision having been impaired. 

First real chance of the game.

It’s a nice move from Belgium as they cut through England on the left. Meunier is played through and clips a ball to Lukaku, who heads over.

Slow start to the game here. England dominating the possession but no openings as of yet.

Belgium get us underway.

Belgium are currently top of Group A2 having taken maximum points from their first two games.

England, meanwhile, are in second place with four points from two matches.

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka isn’t in the matchday squad, while Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is also absent despite being available again.

Although Eden Hazard is injured, there are still plenty of familiar names in the Belgium side.

Mignolet, Meunier, Alderweireld, Denayer, Boyata, Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Carrasco

Subs: Roef, Kaminski, Kayembe, Trossard, Vanaken, Dendoncker, Origi, Verschaeren, Doku, Benteke, Mechele, Batshuayi

Harry Kane, who was an injury doubt, is only amongst the substitutes for England, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin starting up front. 

Kyle Walker wins his 50th cap and it looks like Kieran Trippier will be on the left side of the defence.

There’s no place in the starting lineup for Jack Grealish. Jadon Sancho is back in the squad. 

England: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Walker, Dier, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Henderson, Mount, Calvert-Lewin, Rashford

Subs: Pope, Mings, James, Coady, Maitland-Niles, Phillips, Ward-Prowse, Grealish, Kane, Ings, Henderson, Sancho. 

England were impressive in their friendly victory against Wales, but Gareth Southgate is set to recall his star players for this clash against the nation ranked No 1 in the world.

The likes of Kevin de Bruyne will pose a considerable threat to England, but will Southgate’s side be able to prevail?

Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the Nations League clash between England and Belgium. 

Sportsmail will provide coverage of all the build-up and key moments from the clash at Wembley. 




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