England Beat Belgium 1-0, But Lose Cahill And Gerrard

England put in a  decent performance against Belgium at Wembley this afternoon,  and won 1-0 with an excellent goal from Red Devils striker Danny Welbeck.

Danny Welbeck celebrates after scoring great goal

Belgium played well and certainly came to win the game, as they pressed England hard in the second half, and the game became an end to end affair and was good entertainment.

But England lost Gary Cahill with what looked like a jaw injury early in the game, and captain Steven Gerrard had to leave the action on about 82 minutes with what looked like a leg injury – so let’s hope both players are OK for our first game against France on June 11th.

The game started off and Belgium had most of the play, and they were passing the ball about well and confidently.

England couldn’t really get going and were given the ball away far too much, and they looked a side who hadn’t played together too often

On 14 minutes Oxlade-Chamberlain should have done better as he had a decent chance with a free shot from 27 yards out, put he hit the ball high and wide.

On 18 minutes Gary Cahill went off with an injury, after he had clashed with England goalkeeper Joe Hart, and it seemed he had an injury to his jaw, and he was replaced by Manchester City’s Jolean Lescott.

This will be a worry for England,  if they have lost yet another good player for the Euro 2012 Championships.

On 36 minutes Dembele lost the ball 10 yards inside his own half, and Ashley Young  put Danny Welbeck through perfectly in the inside left channel, and the England striker chipped the ball home, and  it was a well worked goal by England.

England took the lead against the run of play with Belgium having looked the better side.

On 44 minutes Welbeck had another good chance when he collected the ball on the half way line, and went though, but he hesitated in the penalty area and was crowded out by a couple of Belgium defenders.

Half time came and Belgium were the better side for the first 30 minutes or so, but the Welbeck goal had given England confidence, and they could have even added to their lead before half time.

Wayne Rooney came on after a few minutes of the second half for goalscorer Danny Welbeck, and Wayne got a good reception from the Wembley crowd.

The game opened up in the second half as both sides went for goal, and the game became an end to end affair.

On 77 minutes  a terrific 30 yard strike by the Belgium right back Guillaume Gillet, hit Joe Hart’s right hand post, with the England goalkeeper completely beaten, as the game continued to pick up momentum.

Then on 82 minutes Jermain Defoe got the ball about 12 yards out on the inside right channel, and he put in a great shot, and the  ball hit the far post – a great efort by the Tottenham striker.

Steven Gerrard seemed to pick up a leg injury late in the game, and he was immediately replaced on 82 minutes by former Sunderland midfielder,  Jordan Henderson.

Belgium were proving to be a very competitive side, and it was even an entertaining game in the second half.

In the four minutes added on for stoppage time, England goalkeeper Joe Hart made a good save from Everton midfielder Fellaini.

England saw out the game and it was a decent performance from England, especially in defense, and that’s two 1-0 wins for Roy Hodgson.

But England lost both Gary Cahill and Steven Gerrard through injury, and we’ll just have to hope they are OK for the game against France in nine days time.

We’ll take the win today – and a decent performance form England.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #1

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #2

    ?”Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein

  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Lol, mentioning belgium’s right back: Guillaume Gillet, he was actually RSC Anderlecht’s second topscorer with 14 goals in 30 matches xD

  • tomtoon7

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #4

    This is ENGLAND some of us care!!!!!

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Also just because Johnson is a Newcastle fan that doesnt mean he wont sign for Sunderland he will choose whats right for his career and all of his family are mackems its not like he’s a die hard toon fan

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Guillaume Gillet plays midfield for Anderlecht

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Let me Rephrase “i dont care”

  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Geordietoon, he played RW, RM & RB more then central midfield this season =P too old for newcastle though =(

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Afellay just scored 😮

  • Crawfordladd17

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Doesnt matter Cahill is shit and overrated anyway

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #11

    I think we all know why England are shit… No Toon players.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Well the euros are gonna be a fun 3 games for us ;)!!

    Sorry repost
    Robinio the fact you have named urself after 1 of the most expensive PL transfer flops shows why we should ignore ur very argument

    As for being a top team we have built this team since being in the championship without splashing fortunes look at clubs like chelski spuds liverpool n even the mackems they have wasted money on sh1te players where we have bolstered our squad with fantastic talents,

    And as for selling “all our players” we havent sold any1 yet and when you quote llambias saying we will “sell all our top players” im asuming you mean that quote when he said we might have to sell a top player to fund 3 or 4

    And finally hes not throwing money at the club cos otherwise we wont meet the new finacial fair play rules

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Mentioned this in the previous article,

    I think we should swoop in on Nacer Chadli. He has been strongly linked with Fulham and is keen on coming to England. Would cost 4-6mill.

    12 goals in 54 games for FC twente since 2010 and only 22 years of Age.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Sunderland have an excellent scouting system, there scouts are spread all over carrington. 😈

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Robinio, if your really the obsessed with paying over the odds for world class players, there is always Chelsea and Man City.

    We have spent big and given big wages to these supposed big names and got relegated once before.

    Now we are buying players at good prices, getting good value for money, and finishing in our best league position since the era of Sir Bobby.

    Newcastle are one of the clubs in the best position when the fair play rule comes into effect.

    Why should we change a winning formula?
    Trust in the scouting system we have in place as they obviously know what they are doing.

    However like I mentioned before, if you really want big marquee signings, you can always be apart of the ‘fans’ that follow City and Chelsea.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #16


    They arn’t as good as Liverpool’s. Their scouts are based in the ceilings and walls of Graham Carr’s office, taking down the names of our targets 😛

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #17


    cant believe there are still such negative fans you not only on this blog but supporting the toon as a whole

    ffs wev just had the best season for nearly 10 years, aye the fat controller and co have done alot of what seemed wrong at the time but all has come good (the only exeption being name change of sjp)

    no fan can be 100% optomistic and happy but atleast give them the benefit of the doubt and see wot happens next season

    MA is running the club properly for once, just coz hes a billionaire doesnt mean he wants to run the club into the ground, hes already put 200 million or so of his own muny into the club.

    lighten up man

  • Jonty

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Haven’t posted for a while. First the England game tonight. Overall thought we were poor, couldn’t pass for toffee. Nothing much to shout about. Good finish by Welbeck for goal. Milner was useless, Parker,Johnson,Young were crap, the rest just ok.

  • Jonty

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #19

    On summer incomings and outgoings I thought we had finally realised that just cos someone costs big bucks doesn’t automatically mean they are going to be a success. We need a fullback, centre back another midfielder to replace Guthrie and a young fast striker probably to replace Ba. I would love Ba to stay but am worried about the ACN in January with Cisse,Ba and Tiote all away.

  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Afellay’s scored 2!!

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #22

    hope thats wrong perchiniho the pheonix^^^^^^^^^

    dont want any more african players

  • Dannyo

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah, lol, replacing an african with another african is ok for me, but i do feel we should stop adding to it.
    AP said that we’re the team probably suffering the most from acon, but it’s our own fault.
    We shouldn’t be making a hole in the team any bigger.
    No matter how talented tbh.

  • Dennis Twice

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #24

    B was far better than E….

  • lukes26

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #25

    @ Gateshead,

    go back to the 1950’s, where you might belong.


    just shut the f up. you should be embarrassed with yourself

  • lukes26

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Gateshead Mag

    Go back to the 1950’s, where you might belong.


    stop saying stupid things. you should be embarrassed making comments like that.

  • Beardo

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Lukes26 goes on the dimwit list.

  • lukes26

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #28

    unless you meant to qualify your statement by meaning that you didnt want too many african players, because of the AFCON….which is a valid argument.

    I just realized that…if that is true, then i apologize.

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #29

    lukes 26

    i meant no reference to race, was referring to the fact you lose them in january for africa cup of nations,

    so maybe you should think before YOU embaresses yourself

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #30

    hahahaha apology accepted mate

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 2, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Lukes26 think he means cos atm were losing like 5 players to the ACON not because of the players colour think before coming iut with something like that

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #32

    I hope England get absolutely abused in Euro 2012 so then maybe Hodgson will see sense and stop selecting the crap like Downing & co. and maybe start trying to train English players to play football rather than rugby; STOP PASSING THE F***ING BALL BACKWARDS!

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #33

    on england

    i think theyre screamin out for adam johnson like, imagine playin 4 3 3 as the toon have towards the end of the season, with gerrard, parker, milner and johnson, rooney/carrol/wellbeck, chaimberlin/walcott, would be belter going forward instead of that shite theyv just played

    yes theyv been effective las 2 games but 1 0 wins against norway and belgium are hardly impressive and nt exactly top class oponents

  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Perchinho for England! replace Cahill!

  • hdavid23

    Jun 2, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #35

    if they cant make it to the Euros:

  • nico

    Jun 2, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #36

    England were solid tonight and did okay. In my oppinnion we haven’t picked the right players and with Wilshere injured we are without our best midfielder, someone who can pass the ball in tight situations. I don’t think we will be brilliant to watch but I can see us doing quite well. If we avoid Spain in the Quarters after getting through the group we could go on to the Final. Another Greece like performance 8 years back.

  • Sav

    Jun 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Next season, with three ‘W’ clubs in the premier league, Newcastle will be in the top half of the table, alphabetically, that is. That is surely unusual. – I wonder if its a record?

  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Chadli is not bad, but I don’t know if he’ll be playing first team football unless we sell Ba. So I don’t think he’s to keen to come to newcastle. He’s not bad, but he can improve his speed and finishing touch. Good winger at dribbling and passing and can play either left or right.

  • Owldman

    Jun 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #39

    If the team we put out against Belgium is a mark of the standard of our national team then god help us we were outpassed & out played for long periods of the game


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