England 2 - 1 Belgium
Dominic Calvert-Lewin earned his second England cap and Jordan Pickford returned in goal as England beat Belgium in the Nations League.
The Everton centre-forward wore the Number 9 opposite a former Goodison Park hero wearing the same number on the opposing side in the form of Romelu Lukaku who scored the opening goal from the penalty spot.
Captain Harry Kane started on the bench due to "muscle fatigue" but replaced Calvert-Lewin in the second half who had led the line gamely but with precious little service.
As far as the goalkeeper was concerned, Gareth Southgate made something of a statement in his faith with the much-criticised Pickford by restoring him to first choice despite Nick Pope playing in the win over Wales. Michael Keane, who also played against the Welsh, didn't feature this time.
After Marcus Rashford had equalised from the spot himself, Mason Mount's deflected second-half winner ensured that Roberto Martinez's Belgium suffered only their second defeat since finishing in the bronze medal place at the World Cup two years ago.
England XI vs Belgium: Pickford, Walker, Maguire, Dier, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Henderson, Trippier, Mount, Rashford, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Mings, Pope, James, Coady, Maitland-Niles, Phillips, Ward-Prowse, Grealish, Kane, Ings, Henderson, Sancho
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1 Posted 11/10/2020 at 15:55:25
Current FIFA world rankings: Belgium #1, England #4.
2 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:02:32
3 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:03:39
Am surprised Grealish has not been given the job at 10; hes proving himself to be quite the mercurial talent, and has the sort of confidence and self-belief that could make him immune to the stage-fright that Englands other players often suffer on the international stage.
4 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:08:33
5 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:09:33
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7 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:13:04
Bill, ESPN+ is carrying the game online in the US. It's also on TUDN (formerly Univision Deportes) in Spanish. If you have DirecTV, it's channel 464... on Spectrum it's 444 I believe.
8 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:16:19
9 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:17:02
He looked fantastic against the Shite last week
Anyone who nutmegs St Virgil in the manner he did last week is top banana for me
10 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:23:07
11 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:26:26
Rice over Grealish is baffling.
To play five defenders and two DM is basically holding up the white flag.
Grealish will be called to the rescue at half time, probably for Dier or Rice, and DCL will get subbed for Sancho or Kane because he won't have touched the ball.
12 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:27:15
I was a bit surprised to see Hazard listed initially, since he was injured again two weeks ago.
13 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:31:28
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16 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:35:12
Bill G, I have mixed feelings too... it's hard to root against England (which I always have) when Dom is leading the line!
17 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:42:47
18 Posted 11/10/2020 at 16:48:19
Not convinced by the defensive and midfield line-up.
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44 Posted 11/10/2020 at 17:31:50
The Live Forum is now Open!
45 Posted 11/10/2020 at 17:31:52
Southgate ahs his favourites alright. The national set up is a cancerous cess pit. As a manager I honestly wouldn't want my players anywhere near it.
46 Posted 11/10/2020 at 17:33:05
Those complaining about Pickford's kicking skills should be watching too. Either Sweden's manager has instructed Olsen to put every clearance into the stands, or he's a really poor kick. Three so far, and they've all gone 10 yards beyond the left touchline.
47 Posted 11/10/2020 at 17:33:45
Grealish is better than anything he has out there right now and Dier is a disaster at the centre of the defence and is nothing more than an exagerrated holding midfielder. Southgate please quit!!!
48 Posted 11/10/2020 at 17:41:46
*Checks TW notes 2015
49 Posted 11/10/2020 at 17:45:51
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58 Posted 11/10/2020 at 18:55:38
We are all different, Graham talks about the one footed Lukaku bullying defenders. I didnt mind Big Roms left foot, I used to love him when he started using his weight, but it never lasted long enough whenever he started putting it about, and thats why I have always given Dominic loads of slack, because although hes got his faults, a lack of effort is not one of them.
59 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:02:31
60 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:05:29
61 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:09:58
Never did him any harm, if Lewin can score 20 plus this season I couldn't give 2 toots on a rag mans trumpet if they all came off the back of his head and arse.
62 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:15:54
63 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:28:02
Comparisons with Kane? You're joking, Kane is a media-loved cart horse by comparison.
64 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:33:47
65 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:37:36
66 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:37:59
Nice to see the love between DCL and Lukaku.
Still loathe these international breaks
67 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:40:48
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70 Posted 11/10/2020 at 19:58:30
John@67: Yes, absolutely, and if DCL scored 25 goals per season, season after season, there would still be football masterminds on here informing us of their assessments of his limitations. I think there's a big element of some people 'anchoring' their initial opinions of DCL to a point of refusal to shift from them, pouncing (like those spiders that emerge from a hatch to catch their prey) at the first chance to highlight a negative. They need to know that the ability and willingness to admit they were wrong is a strength, not a weakness.
72 Posted 11/10/2020 at 20:15:21
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80 Posted 11/10/2020 at 20:44:00
This was not a friendly where the manager can look at players and systems, it was a competitive game.
I felt sorry for Calvert-Lewin tonight. Hopefully the manager sticks with that system and keeps Kane in to play it.
Bring all our lads home injury-free.
81 Posted 11/10/2020 at 20:56:08
Thank god for Netflix.
82 Posted 11/10/2020 at 20:57:20
83 Posted 11/10/2020 at 21:07:03
At the end of the days there all all different kinds of strikers.
84 Posted 11/10/2020 at 21:12:17
85 Posted 11/10/2020 at 21:29:58
Calvert-Lewin on the other hand visibly gives his all.
Lashing them in from outside the box is a skill very few goal-scorers had/have. Shearer 25 years ago was probably the best, but only occasionally did he do it.
Making defenders very nervous by your movement in the area is a much more oblique skill, creating that nano-second of space and time from which someone may score. Until this season most defenders could take a li-lo onto the pitch, and a book.
86 Posted 11/10/2020 at 21:58:36
87 Posted 11/10/2020 at 22:33:23
However, as with other aspects of his game that he has obviously worked on (heading, finishing and positional play) this will improve given his dedication. Then unfortunately we will get the offer we can't refuse.
88 Posted 12/10/2020 at 07:48:04
Calvert-Lewin – get yer fuckin act together, lad!
89 Posted 12/10/2020 at 08:45:17
The only Everton player I genuinely disliked. He wasn't getting a game at Chelsea and could easily have spent another season with West Brom if we hadnt stepped in. We gave him the platform to reboot his career and he repaid us with a stream of disrespectful comments. It would have cost him nothing to keep his mouth shut.
Somebody on the live forum told me he had not won a thing. That probably has more to do with the fact that he places his own interest above the team rather than the lack of scoring ability.
I would expect Calvert-Lewin to win stuff by the time he is 27.
90 Posted 12/10/2020 at 09:16:51
A comparison with Lukaku in that respect is valid in my opinion. It's not a desire to criticise unduly, more a suggestion as to how he could improve even more. He has learnt the value of getting in the box more frequently and finishing with one touch (supreme example: Bob Latchford).
But can you learn to strike a ball more cleanly? I don't know. Why do some cricketers have the ability to score more sixes than others? Innate timing?
92 Posted 12/10/2020 at 09:27:30
Frankly, I don't care how he plays well for England or whether he scores. I suppose it builds his confidence and his game to play against top opposition, but international friendlies are uncompetitive and the risk of injury is too high.
93 Posted 12/10/2020 at 09:30:05
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95 Posted 12/10/2020 at 15:04:14
Otherwise I though he has started his international career reasonably well, certainly does not look out of place. A first goal helps too. Obviously it was harder against Belgium than Wales, they are a very good team and were unlucky to lose, but that also meant the service to him was pathetic. A midfield of Rice, Henderson is understaffed and uncreative. The wing backs were pushed back by Belgiums wider players. Playing 3 centre backs because you don't think any of them are good enough will end up like this.
One thing I did notice was that, starved of any kind of service in the glacially slow build up that went nowhere, Dom started showing for the ball and I though did pretty well with his back to goal holding up play. I think he's now seen as a useful back up to Kane, with the added benefit of more pace. The other missing trick is that Dom tends to win most battles in the air and I though a better set up with a team mate or two closer to him, would have benefitted from the numerous flick ons he served up. Dom does that way better than Kane.
Let's just hope our S Americans come through unscathed in what look to be quite challenging matches.
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