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England 2-1 Belgium: Player Ratings as Three Lions enjoy a come-from-behind win| UEFA Nations League 2020-21

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Modified 12 Oct 2020, 12:53 IST
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Belgium Player Ratings

GK: Simon Mignolet - 6/10

Deputising for the unavailable Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet didn’t have much to do other than pick the ball out of his net twice.

RWB: Thomas Meunier - 6/10

England vs Belgium - UEFA Nations League
England vs Belgium - UEFA Nations League

The wing-back didn’t do much wrong, but it can be said that Rashford did get in behind him a few times. In a hard-working performance, Meunier won three duels, made two tackles, was dribbled past once and conceded a penalty by fouling Henderson.

RCB: Toby Alderweireld - 6.5/10

Tottenham’s experienced defender wasn’t troubled at all throughout the game as none of England’s attackers ever ran at him. In a solid but untested performance, the 31-year-old won ten duels, made six tackles and completed 87% of his passes.

CB: Dedryck Boyata - 6/10

The former Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata sat in the middle of Belgium’s back-three. In a game where he struggled to cope with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Boyata lost three duels, was dribbled past once and misplaced two passes.

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LCB: Jason Denayer - 6/10

Another one of City’s graduates lined up in Belgium’s defence but looked out of sorts against England’s fluid front-three in the second half. Jason Denayer lost possession six times, lost one duel and misplaced six passes.

LWB: Timothy Castagne - 6.5/10

To further prove his versatility, Leicester City’s RB Timothy Castagne played on the left for Belgium against England. At times, he was the team’s best outlet on the flanks. It was his runs out wide that allowed Yannick Carrasco to cut in and wreak havoc.

RCM: Youri Tielemans - 5.5/10

The youngster struggled to have any influence on the game as he basically spent the game trying to be a facilitator for Kevin De Bruyne. In a quiet performance, the 23-year-old failed to create any chances, misplaced seven passes and lost possession eight times.

LCM: Axel Witsel - 6/10

As Belgium’s most-capped player ever, Axel Witsel has been an ever-calming presence in midfield. Although he was not able to impose himself as much against England as he would liked to, the 31-year-old helped Belgium control play when the vistiors dominated possession.

RW: Kevin De Bruyne - 6/10

England vs Belgium - UEFA Nations League
England vs Belgium - UEFA Nations League

Nowhere near his sparkling best, Kevin De Bruyne still found a way to be dangerous in the final-third. Although deployed as an RW, the Belgian kept drifting centrally to act as a a number 10 instead. De Bruyne lost possession 13 times, misplaced nine passes and could only create one chance before being hooked off in the 73rd minute. 

LW: Yannick Carrasco - 7/10

With no Eden Hazard in the squad, Yannick Carrasco was tasked with exploiting the space in behind England’s wing-backs. Second only to Lukaku, the winger caused England the most problems for his side. His mazy runs through their defence and quick movement threatened to destabilise England on several occasions. For all his hard work, all he could show for was a disallowed goal.

ST: Romelu Lukaku - 7.5/10

England vs Belgium - UEFA Nations League
England vs Belgium - UEFA Nations League
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The former Manchester United striker was simply a nuisance in the entire game against England. His large physical frame coupled with his unmatched strength were too much to handle for England’s back-three especially in the lead up to Belgium's only goal of the game.

Romelu Lukaku used his pace to burst past Eric Dier and then used his strength to put his body in the way of the ball, drawing a foul from the defender in the process. In a classic CF display, the 27-year-old won five duels, completed two dribbles, created three chances and scored his team’s only goal.

Belgium Substitutes' Ratings:

Jeremy Doku: N/A

The youngster came on for Carrasco but couldn’t provide much in attack.

Yari Verschaeren: N/A

Through the middle, Yari Verschaeren barely got a touch of the ball. 

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Published 12 Oct 2020, 02:45 IST
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