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.