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England overwhelms Belgium to lead Nations League group

England came from behind to overcome the world’s top-ranked team Belgium and record an important Uefa Nations League victory at Wembley.

Belgium took a lead their early superiority deserved when Romelu Lukaku sent England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford the wrong way after the striker had been brought down by Eric Dier’s poor challenge.

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England were on the back foot for most of the first half but were handed a lifeline back into the game six minutes before half-time when captain Jordan Henderson went down very easily in a tussle with Thomas Meunier, Marcus Rashford scoring from the spot.

Gareth Southgate’s side enjoyed much more possession and territory after the break but needed a large slice of good fortune to take the lead after 64 minutes, Mason Mount’s effort taking a decisive deflection off Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and looping over helpless keeper Simon Mignolet, inflicting Belgium’s first loss since November 2018.

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