Saturday, 2 June 2012

LIVE COVERAGE : England Vs Belgium

Time to play! England play their final friendly against Belgium at Wembley Stadium. Roy Hodgson has named a strong team including a full debut for the young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who looks set to be one of the best young players in the England set up for many years.

Teams : 

England : Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Milner, Gerrard (c), Parker, Young, Chamberlain, Welbeck

I think England will go out as a 4-3-3 with Chamberlain and Young flanking Welbeck.

Belgium : Mignolet, Gillet, Vertongen, Vermalean (c), Simons, Mertens, Witsel, Mirilas, Hazard, Felliani, Dembele

Quality squad for Belgium, England won't have it all their own way.


2 mins : Chelsea's new signing makes an impression on his new teeam mate Cole, kicking him square in the crotch.

4 min : Felliani nearly crafts a chance, but plays a tame ball out of play.

5 min : Roar goes up from the Belgium fans as they win a corner... Gerrard clears easily from the resulting corner.

6 min : Steven Gerrard wrestled to the floor in his own half by Dembele.

7 min : Oxlade Chamberlain given his first chance to run and skins one player before being fairly tackled.

8min : another chance for Chamberlain, a good one too. Milner squares the ball across the edge of the box, before Chamberlain, with acres of space, hits the ball and slips, poor shot considering all the hype.

Only just noticed, no Downing! Words can't explain my joy.

11 min : Oxlade Chamberlain blocked off whilst running and earns England a free kick.

12 min : Belgian players threatening playing it round the England box before a pass from Mertens looking for Hazard is over hit.

14 min: The Ox is really impressing me. Welbeck times his run perfectly. holds it up before laying it back to Chamberlain who skims the bar with his smooth shot.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain really impressive thus far.

16 min : after the early Belgian dominance, the game is definitely more open.

17 min: Cahill is down after a collision with Hart after Mertens cynically pushed him into him, despite knocking the ball into the goal the score stays 0-0 and Mertens picks up a yellow card.

The collision that forced off Gary Cahill.

19 min : Lescott coming on now for Cahill after that. first sub of the game.

21 min: England twice play the long ball and twice win a throw. Roy's tactics perhaps?

23 min : Close you know. Witsel blasts a mean drive a the England goal, about a foot of target but from here it looked like it was going in.

Strange by Belgium as Felliani the Everton midfielder, is playing as a striker.

25 min : free kick to Belgium as Mertens is brought down, Felliani reaches the ball but COle thumps it out for a corner.

26 min : corner comes to nothing.

29 min : England are poor, Belgium should really taking advantage.

31 min : England break and Young is brought down, Free kick again is AWFUL!

33 min : Vertonghen not looking too amazing, overhits a cross in a promising position.

35 min : Oxlade Chamberlain trying a bit too hard now, loses the ball trying to show off.


Delightful chip by Welbeck after being played in by Young, he brilliantly nets his first England goal! 1-0!

37 min : Wembley has suddenly come to life.

Welbeck must be delighted with that goal, he should definitely be ahead of Donkey Carroll in England's first two games.

40 min : Hazard takes a look before releasing a stinging drive from 30 yards. Hart just about gathers it.

43 min Felliani and Cole come together and England break, Welbeck over plays it and Belgium clear up.

45 min : Much better from England, About 3 shots there, Gerrard really should have put one away, typical Liverpool.

2 Mins of added time...

Half Time

England lead through Welbeck's classy chip. 

Beautiful goal by the Manchester United youngster.

Don't go away, this game will almost certainly improve in the second half.

And we're under way again.

46 min : Good play by both wingers as Chamberlain and Young cause their markers some trouble.

47 min : England have a corner...... away by Gillet. 

48 min : Chamberlain's misplayed cross is out off Vertonghen. AGAIN CORNER IS POOR!

51 min : Nothing quite happening at the moment.

52 min : Belgium earn some ground before playing themselves out of the ball.

ENGLAND SUB : Goalscorer Danny Welbeck is replaced by his team maete Wayne Rooney.  

Mind you Belgium are playing some intricate football, one touch, Spain-esque tika taka.

56 min : Ouch!!! Vermalean slides excellently against Milner who, in full sprint, runs straight into his chest, but he's up, which is always good news.

58 min : Nice little slap in the face for Chamberlain of Fulham's Moussa Dembele.

Now for the first sub for Belgium change, Chadli on for Number 9.

61 min : Belgium growing now. Hazard first drills a shot at the top corner before Everton's Felliani has a low drive held by Hart, alarm bells are ringing.

64 min : All Belgium with Felliani doing well to win posession in the final third but Merten's cross is too close to Hart.

Two subs for England, Ashley Young for Defoe and Chamberlain comes off for team mate Theo Walcott.

Excellent from Dembele, he must be signed by a big team this summer surely.

The Scumbag Terry comes off for the excellent Jagielka. Re-united with his old team mate for the umpteenth time.

The comemtator saying 'azarrr' instead of Hazard is infuriating me, mean while the tank that is Lukaku comes on for Mertens. 

73 min : England have gained some ground and have a free kick about 35 yards out.... in comes the delivery...just away but the chance is still there.. Defoe is kept out however.

75 min : England coming into it now.

76 min :  Lescott is bleeding everywhere but I've no idea why, he's now recieving treatment.

77 min : bloody hell! Gillet volleys the ball against the post, so unlucky, Hart would have had no chance.

79 min : Hart nearly wiped out by Lukaku and gets a free kick.

80 min : Gutted! Felliani's shot blocked by Cole after a great break by Belgium.

81 min : Again bloody hell! Defoe hits the post this time after good play by Walcott.

Now England's 'saviour' comes on, Jordan Henderson replaces Gerrard.

84 min : England pressing for a goal, Another corner... GOES TO WASTE!!!

86 min : Belgium fans erupt as Johnson concedes a corner... MISSED! Vertonghen with a free header and skies it.

88 min : Felliani reaches a great ball but he is denied by his Everton team mate Jagielka.

90 min : Defoe rockets a shot into the side netting after Walcott did well to win the ball.

4 minutes of additional time.

90+1 min : Chadli would have been better off passing there.  Instead he blasts at Hart who easily holds it.

90+2 Felliani this time with the chance he drives low to the right, Hart again gets down smartly.

90+3 min : Contentious decision the as Lukaku is adjudged to be offside when replays show he wasn't.

England 1 - 0 Belgium

England grind out another result thanks to Welbeck's wonderful chip.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my coverage.



  1. I cannot wait until your next blog post Dan!! Thanks for a good read yet again.