June 2, 2012



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17:15 BST, June 2, 2012



    That's all for this game then. See you for the start of Euro 2012 on Friday!


    They are defensively strong though and very well-organised. That looks to be the best hope for the Euros.


    Danny Welbeck will have done a lot for his Euro 2012 chances with a well-taken goal, little else to cheer in attack for England.


    Belgium played their part and had the majority of the ball, showing their obvious talents. Little major threat in attack though


    Another win for Hodgson's side and another clean-sheet. Not pretty, but as they say 'a win is a win'

  • 90'

    FULL TIME England 1-0 Belgium

  • 90'

    Belgium almost create a golden chance, but with Dembele and Lukaku 2-on-1 with Lescott. Lukaku flagged offside.

  • 90'

    A better save from Hart moments later as Fellaini fires left-footed from 20 yards after good hold-up play by Lukaku.

  • 90'

    Nacer Chadli does well again on the left. Shapes to cross the ball and fires a shot at goal. Comfortable for Hart.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added-time...

  • 90'

    SIDE-NETTING Walcott picks up a loose ball in midfield and slips Defoe in down the right-channel. Defoe's shot is smashed into the side-netting though.

  • 89'

    England whip a free-kick in from the right and Mignolet gets nowhere near Rooney's cross. The ball flies loose, but Belgium scramble it clear.

  • 88'

    Official Man of the Match: Steven Gerrard

  • 87'

    Hazard crosses from the left for Belgium, finding Vertonghen at the back-post who heads well over. Must do better there.

  • 86'

    Corner to Belgium. Vertonghen getting past Walcott on the left and crossing low. Johnson turns the ball over the bar.

  • 85'

    England corner taken from the right by new captain Rooney. Cleared by Belgium. England work another crossing opportunity, wasted once more.

  • 84'

    STAT Pass Completion: England 81%-89% Belgium

  • 84'

    STAT Possession: England 39% - 61% Belgium

  • 83'

    Henderson on for Gerrard

  • 82'

    POST AGAIN Walcott drives forward and lays the ball off to Jermain Defoe, who fires low and hard onto the far-post.

  • 81'

    Ashley Cole once more in the right place for England, blocking a powerful drive from Fellaini. Witsel then blazes over.

  • 80'

    Lescott has come back on, freeing Rooney of his duties as stand-in right-back. Still covers back to clear up in defence with a header back to Joe Hart.

  • 79'

    Joe Hart gets away with dwelling on the ball, as a foul is given against Lukaku. He's lucky there, almost handed Belgium a goal.

  • 78'

    OFF THE POST Beautiful strike from Guillhaume Gillet with his first-touch rattles the outside of the post from 25 yards.

  • 77'

    Lescott is off the pitch to receive treatment on a blood injury.

  • 76'

    At the other end, Lukaku manufactures a shooting chance and fires powerfully at goal. Blocked by Ashley Cole.

  • 75'

    Milner caught offside on the left now for England and Hazard immediately looks to spring a counter from inside his own half.

  • 74'

    Bright moments for England in attack. First, Gerrard's crossed free-kick is headed clear with Johnson lurking at the back-post. Then, moments later, Rooney slips in Defoe down the left, but the Spurs forwards shot is blocked.

  • 73'

    Lukaku replaces Mertens

  • 72'

    Vermaelen now joins the Belgian attack and it is he who finds some space on the right flank. His cross is poor, though, and Lescott clears.

  • 71'

    Rooney attempts to pick out Walcott with an ambitious pass. Very close to finding it's target. Better from England.

  • 70'

    Jagielka for Terry

  • 69'

    Once more the left-flank is a profitable area for Belgium, but Chadli delays his pass to Vertonghen. Offside.

  • 68'

    Belgium continue their passing play and Chadli gets behind Glen Johnson to cross from the left. Overhit and out for a throw.

  • 67'

    A bit of a hold-up in proceedings for the substitutions, but here we go again.

  • 66'

    Walcott replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain

  • 66'

    Defoe replaces Ashley Young

  • 65'

    England come forward and space starts to open up ahead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, but he takes his time and the ball is pinched away by Dembele.

  • 64'

    Belgium passing the ball well around the box. The move comes to an end with a poor cross from Mertens on the right.

  • 63'

    England break-up the next Belgium attack, with Gerrard stepping in. Hart's poor long-pass gives the ball straight back to Fellaini.

  • 62'

    Straight away, another chance for Belgium. Hazard slips a through ball into Fellaini, whose left-foot shot is tame and straight at Hart.

  • 61'

    Hazard does better with this effort. Curling a shot towards the far corner from 20 yards, saved comfortably by Hart.

  • 61'

    Ball given away to Mertens by Rooney. The PSV wide-man looks to have the defence in trouble, but Lescott defends well.

  • 60'

    Strong spell for Belgium once again with Dembele central. The Fulham man gets a shot away, blocked by Milner.

  • 59'

    Chadli replaces Mirallas

  • 57'

    Back underway and England look to pick out Oxlade-Chamberlain. Offside.

  • 56'

    Thomas Vermaelen down injured after a fine piece of defending. Raced across to beat Milner to the ball, but took a blow in the ribs for his efforts.

  • 55'

    More Belgium passing comes to an end with a mishit shot from range. No incisiveness so far.

  • 54'

    Milner crosses from the right and headed back across goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Rooney can't get himself onto the knock-down.

  • 53'

    Rooney replaces Welbeck

  • 52'

    Belgium spraying the ball around well once more. Parker and Milner both making a nuisance of themselves in midfield though.

  • 51'

    Vertonghen looks to pull Belgium level with an ambitious right-foot strike from 30 yards. Very high and very wide.

  • 50'

    Hazard finds himself isolated on the right, but runs at Ashley Cole. Lescott sweeps behind to cover.

  • 49'

    Corner swung in by Young and Terry wins the header, but well over. The England captain was being fouled by Fellaini there.

  • 48'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain bursts in behind Gillet in the Belgian right-back position. His left-foot cross is not good, but Vertonghen concedes a corner.

  • 47'

    England come again and win a corner. Taken by Ashley Young, but headed clear by Simons.

  • 47'

    England start the half well, getting down the left well and Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses, just too deep for Milner.

  • 46'

    Update on Gary Cahill - Precautionary change. Should be fine, no Xray needed.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF underway


    UEFA are presenting awards to England's 100-cap players at the break. David Beckham, Peter Shilton and Sir Bobby Charlton on the pitch. The late Bobby Moore and Billy Wright also honoured.


    Hasn't been the best of games though. Lets hope for an improved second half. The intensity has been there, but quality lacking.


    The major disappointment, as ever - Ball retention. Belgium have been very good at keeping the ball so far.


    As well as defending well, England have pressed well higher up the pitch. The goal and the later chance both came from pinching the ball off Belgian opponents.


    Welbeck took his goal with aplomb to give England the lead. Positive signs for the management. Brief glimpses of Oxlade-Chamberlain's talent also


    No goals conceded yet under Roy Hodgson. So, full marks to the defence. More work needed on the composure in midfield, with the ball given away too cheaply.


    England are ahead and could have grabbed a second, but the better football has been played by the visitors. However, England have been very untroubled at the back so far.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME England 1-0 Belgium

  • 45'

    Glen Johnson appears to foul Hazard but the referee waves play on. The ball is lost at the feet of Ashley Young.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added time...

  • 45'

    Scramble in the penalty area. Welbeck, Gerrard twice and Oxlade-Chamberlain all fire away shots at goal. Belgium blocking bravely, but all last-gasp stuff. England close to doubling their lead.

  • 44'

    Play is held up as Marouane Fellaini receives treatment. Clashed with Ashley Cole in midfield. Little wrongdoing on either man's part.

  • 43'

    All Belgium once again. As with Norway, they are very accomplished on the ball. Lovely passing interchanges amongst the attacking unit.

  • 42'

    Confident stuff from Mignolet. With Young chasing him down, the Belgian keeper calmly pulls the ball back and moves round the England man. Skills

  • 40'

    The new Chelsea signing almost make amends. Twenty-five yards out and Hazard takes a shot at goal. Low and hard, but straight at Hart.

  • 39'

    Fellaini gets forward down the right and wins a corner. Crossed in by Hazard, but too high for his targets.

  • 38'

    England brimming with confidence. Belgium, though, have the ball once more. Keeping it well in midfield.

  • 37'

    A dilemma then for Hodgson. Carroll was set to be the centre-forward for the Euros, but Welbeck is staking a claim.

  • 36'

    GOAL England 1-0 Belgium Welbeck with a classy finish!!! Gerrard steals the ball back for England in midfield, Ashley Young slips in Welbeck down the left and the Man Utd striker lofts the ball delightfully over the advancing Mignolet.

  • 35'

    Gerrard once more looks to produce a raking pass towards Ashley Young. Easily cut-out.

  • 34'

    England look to attack with Oxlade-Chamberlain. Gerrard runs powerfully in behind the defence, but caught offside.

  • 33'

    England give the ball away cheaply down the right, again. Belgium counter and overlap on the left. Vertonghen crosses, but too high for Fellaini.

  • 32'

    This game is turning into a very poor match. Scrappy

  • 31'

    Ashley Cole is the latest to slide in and concede a foul. This time on Hazard. The Belgian's free-kick is poor and England counter. Young, though, is pulled back by Gillet. Free-kick!

  • 30'

    Parker - Just a minute later, the Spurs slides in poorly on Vertonghen.

  • 29'

    Free-kicks all over in midfield. This time Fellaini brings down Scott Parker.

  • 28'

    Belgium go long looking for Fellaini, flicked on towards Mirallas, but Lescott sweeps behind.

  • 27'

    The visitors firmly on-top at the moment. England unable to keep the ball in the Belgium half.

  • 26'

    Hazard takes and Fellaini knocks the ball down, hammered clear by Ashley Cole.

  • 26'

    Free-kick to Belgium. Glen Johnson scythes down Mertens on the left.

  • 25'

    Belgium still stroking the ball around well with Mertens central. The interchanging of positions causing England problems.

  • 24'

    The game has lost momentum with the stoppages in recent minutes. England need to up their levels again.

  • 23'

    Axel Witsel narrowly over with his shot. Mertens runs at Johnson, before knocking the ball infield for Witsel who hammers just over.

  • 22'

    Turning rough in midfield. Fellaini and Gerrard tangling, with the Belgian going down holding his shoulder.

  • 20'

    Will update you with news on Cahill when we get it. The game is slowly getting underway again. Glen Johnson pushing forward down the right.

  • 19'

    Lescott for Cahill

  • 18'

    Could easily have a problem with his jaw or cheekbone there. Massive collision with Hart's shoulder.

  • 18'

    Cahill receiving treatment, with Joleon Lescott set to come on.

  • 17'

    Worrying times for Cahill. Shepherding the ball back to Hart, Mertens shoves the defender into the onrushing keeper. Big collision.

  • 17'

    Mertens for a push on Cahill

  • 16'

    Belgium are all comfortable in possession of the ball and playing it around well. Little incision though.

  • 15'

    Roy Hodgson will be happy with what he has seen so far, after a difficult first few minutes.

  • 14'

    Close Welbeck finds space in behind the Belgian defence down the right-back channel. Pulls the ball back and Oxlade-Chamberlain drives powerfully just over.

  • 13'

    England look to get forward at the other end, as Gerrard attempts to pick out Ashley Young. Over his head though.

  • 12'

    Tidy play from Belgium around the box. Mertens, Hazard and Mirallas with quick one-touch interplay. Final pass overhit though. Goal-kick.

  • 11'

    Here come Belgium again. Dembele looking to orchestrate the attack from deep. Free-kick as Parker fouls Fellaini.

  • 10'

    Playing the ball nioely in midfield now. Oxlade-Chamberlain driving forward powerfully in possession.

  • 9'

    Better signs for England in recent minutes.

  • 8'

    Chance for the Ox! Milner overlaps down the right and pulls the ball back. Oxlade-Chamberlain is free at the edge of the area, but slips and his shot flies well wide.

  • 7'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain bursts down the left in an encouraging fashion for England. Wants a foul, but waved away by the referee.

  • 6'

    Gerrard wins a free-kick on the right and England have some brief respite.

  • 5'

    Belgium get down the left and win a corner. Taken short by Hazard, but headed clear.

  • 4'

    Parker slides in to knick the ball away, but misses it and the Belgian possession continues. Fine stuff from the visitors.

  • 3'

    Hazard dropping deep to link with the midfield. England have barely had a touch so far.

  • 2'

    Belgium winning the ball back quickly and keeping it well

  • 1'

    Confident start from Belgium, but a long ball from Vermaelen gives the ball away.


    KICK OFF taken by Belgium.


    Festivities completed. Big day for Oxlade-Chamberlain then at Wembley - a full debut for England ahead of the summer's tournament.


    The respective national hymns are blaring out. 7,500 travelling Belgian fans.


    Here they come, as Britain celebrates the Queen's jubilee weekend. Coming up to anthem times.


    The teams are in the tunnel. Gerrard and Vermaelen ready lead their sides out. Belgium in black today.


    We are just under 15 minutes from kick-off. Wembley is filling-up and the weather is better than expected - for now!


    Thomas Vermaelen will now captain Belgium. One of several Premier League based players - Simon Mignolet, Marouane Fellaini and Moussa Dembele also. Before any possible additions this summer.


    STOP THE PRESS It appears Vincent Kompany may have pulled up with an injury in the warm-up. Timmy Simons set to deputise.


    Belgium: Mignolet, Guillaume Gillet, Kompany, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Hazard, Fellaini, Witsel, Mertens, Mirallas, Dembele. Subs: Renard, Simons, De Camargo, Pocognoli, Chadli, Benteke, Vossen, Lukaku, Odoi, Nainggolan, De Ceulaer, Defour.


    England: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Milner, Parker, Gerrard, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Young, Welbeck. Subs: Green, Jones, Baines, Lescott, Jagielka, Henderson, Downing, Defoe, Rooney, Carroll, Walcott, Butland.


    The team-news are in and both teams boast some of Europe's brightest young talents. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Hazard and Dembele all start.


    England take on Belgium at Wembley in their final Euro 2012 warm-up encounter. For once though the attention may be on the opposition, with Eden Hazard and Jan Vertonghen heading for the Premier League next season.