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England player ratings vs Belgium.

By Sanchez Mar 30, 2024
England player ratings vs BelgiumEngland player ratings vs Belgium

England have no wins from their two March friendlies, but they know they can always count on Jude Bellingham to get them out of a hole. The Real Madrid star was asked to be the Three Lions’ talisman in the absence of Harry Kane, and he delivered right at the death to rescue a 2-2 draw and soften some of the criticism heading Gareth Southgate’s way after an ultimately disappointing international window.

Before Bellingham struck, England had shown their best and worst side. Debutant Kobbie Mainoo gave an outstanding performance which should book his seat on the plane to Euro 2024 while Ivan Toney made a strong case to join him by winning and converting a penalty to cancel out Youri Tielemans’ opener.

Tielemans had been offered a gift by a terrible pass from Jordan Pickford, and then restored Belgium’s advantage after another dire individual error from Lewis Dunk, who may well have his ticket to Germany cancelled.

Goalkeeper & Defence

Jordan Pickford (4/10):

Was under no pressure when he gave the ball away and gifted Tielemans his first goal. Made a decent save to thwart Doku afterwards.

Ezri Konza (5/10):

Began at right-back then shifted inside after Stones’ injury. Not to blame for either goal but didn’t exactly exude confidence.

John Stones (N/A):

Forced off in the 10th minute to give his Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola another injury headache.

Lewis Dunk (3/10):

Another England appearance, another howler for the Brighton man. Made a dog’s dinner of a simple clearance, allowing Lukaku to tee up Tielemans.

Ben Chilwell (5/10):

Didn’t cause Castagne many problems down the left. On this evidence, Shaw remaining injured is his best route to a starting berth.

Midfield

Kobbie Mainoo (8/10):

An outstanding international debut, imposing himself on the game with graceful, positive passing and control.

Declan Rice (6/10):

Not the result he would have hoped for after being named captain for the first time, although he did little wrong.

Jude Bellingham (7/10):

Always looked like England’s best hope of a goal, and after a couple of frustrating misses, he finally found it in the nick of time.

Attack

Phil Foden (6/10):

Was able to influence the game more than against Brazil but didn’t get the rub of the green with his final pass.

Ivan Toney (7/10):

A strong full debut, winning and converting a penalty. Good build-up play and made a strong case to be included for Germany over Watkins.

Jarrod Bowen (5/10):

Had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half but his shooting was wayward in the second.

Subs & Manager

Joe Gomez (6/10):

Had his hands full dealing with Doku but still got forward a lot.

James Maddison (7/10):

Only got 16 minutes but it was enough time to make a valuable contribution, wriggling free to lay the ball off to Bellingham.

Anthony Gordon (N/A):

Earned his second England cap off the bench.

Ollie Watkins (N/A):

Didn’t see much of the ball after replacing Toney.

Gareth Southgate (6/10):

Made good selections but not the performance or result he would have hoped for to lift spirits after Brazil. But at least it wasn’t two defeats.

By Sanchez

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