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England player ratings vs Belgium: Grealish dazzles despite defeat

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ngland’s Uefa Nations League campaign was all but ended with a game to spare following  a 2-0 defeat in Belgium.

A sloppy start left England with far too much to do despite a much improved second half.

Here’s how Gareth Southgate’s side rated…

Was unfortunate with the first goal, which he would have saved without the deflection, and could do little about Mertens’s free-kick.

Tried desperately to inject some pace into the England side but couldn’t create too much going forward.

Sloppy passing gifted Belgium the ball ahead of the opening goal, more assured after the break but rarely tested.

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Mings solid

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Largely handled Romelu Lukaku well on the left of England’s back three, a position that’s not too suited to the Aston Villa man.

Solid performance but would have wanted to show a touch more with Reece James breathing down his neck.

Recovered well from a shaky start to provide a good platform as England pushed on to get back into the second half.

Offered little in the middle alongside Rice before being replaced by Winks at the break.

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Injury worry for Chilwell

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Managed to get forward a few times to deliver a cross before being forced off injured after 38 minutes.

Pushed hard to creat for England and could have had an assist with a fine flick to tee up Kane.

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Grealish impressed

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Caused no end of problems for Belgium on the ball, winning countless fouls and free-kicks in dangerous positions. A fine and confident first competitive start.

Would have marked his 50th cap with a goal if it wasn’t for Romelu Lukaku clearing off the line. Linked well with Grealish.

Continues to look assured at international level, threatened a couple of times down the left and was hardly tested defensively.

Picked the pace up for England after his introduction at the break and helped dictate the play through the second half.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin n/a

Subs not used: Pope, Henderson, Keane, Maitland-Niles, Bellingham, Foden, Abraham,


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