England v Belgium: worldwide soccer pleasant – reside

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England v Belgium: worldwide soccer pleasant – reside

Key occasions

No matter occurs at Wembley, I’m fairly positive the purpose of the day has already been scored*:

* For many who can’t see the video, it’s Marcis Oss of Latvia scoring an personal purpose from an unbelievable angle after 14 seconds of a recreation towards Liechtenstein. Fairly particular. The sport is at present tied at 1-1 with three minutes to play.

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The groups!

Staff information is in, and it seems to be like this. Kobbie Mainoo begins, alongside Jarrod Bowen, Lewis Dunk and Ivan Toney.

England: Pickford; Konsa, Stones, Dunk, Chilwell; Rice, Mainoo, Bowen, Bellingham, Foden; Toney.
Belgium: Sels, Castagne, Debast, Vertonghen, Theate, Onana, Mangala, Tielemans, Trossard, Lukaku, Doku.
Referee: Sebastian Gishamer (Austria).

Preamble

Belgium’s golden technology have gotten more and more silver-haired, and maybe it’s now England’s flip to profit from a crop of fantastic skills. However even with Kevin de Bruyne injured (Romelu Lukaku, who wasn’t match sufficient to play within the goalless attract Eire on the weekend, takes the armband) they’ve sufficient high quality to trouble an under-strength dwelling aspect with out Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire. “Can we win? We’re going to attempt,” stated Jeremy Doku. Domenico Tedesco’s aspect had not failed to attain in 10 video games with him in cost earlier than their journey to Dublin. “We have to be courageous, with open and optimistic soccer,” Tedesco stated. “It is a perfect alternative to check us on the very highest stage. England could also be lacking some gamers, however that makes them something however weak.”

Properly time will inform on that entrance. Kobbie Mainoo and Ivan Toney are confirmed starters, the latter getting an opportunity to press his claims to be Harry Kane’s understudy. You’ll be able to argue about their total high quality however he appears as shut as you could possibly hope to get to Kane’s skillset so extra of a straight swap ought to or not it’s wanted, however he might do with a world purpose to spice up his argument.

Right here’s David Hytner’s match preview, specializing in the person who will captain the crew this night, Declan Rice. I’ll be again shortly with the groups.

It’s a story that bears retelling primarily as a result of it should make folks smile. It was early final week, the England squad have joined up at St George’s Park for the Wembley friendlies towards Brazil and Belgium, and Declan Rice bumps into John Stones. So, Arsenal versus Manchester Metropolis and, as all people is aware of, it’s Arsenal versus Manchester Metropolis after the worldwide break – on the Etihad Stadium this Sunday. Properly, not all people, because it seems.

“I stated: ‘Huge recreation subsequent,’” Rice says. “And John stated: ‘Who’re you taking part in?’ And I stated: ‘We’ve received you lot!’ He stated: ‘Oh yeah.’ He didn’t even know they had been taking part in us subsequent! When he’s away from soccer he likes to be together with his household and swap off and I get that. He likes to take one recreation at a time.”

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