England vs Belgium LIVE: Result and final score as Jude Bellingham goal rescues draw at Wembley


A late Jude Bellingham goal rescued England from a second consecutive defeat at Wembley as Gareth Southgate’s side salvaged a 2-2 draw against Belgium.

The Three Lions had trailed to a Youri Tielemans brace after Belgium punished two defensive mistakes in the first half – but Bellingham found an equaliser with the last kick of the game after England dominated the second half.

Aston Villa midfielder Tielemans scored twice before half-time, first punishing goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s woeful clearance, before Romelu Lukaku’s perfect cross set up his second after Lewis Dunk’s slip.

Ivan Toney scored his first England goal from the penalty spot to equalise in the first half, but Bellingham saw two chances go begging while Phil Foden also narrowly shot wide.

And Bellingham’s perseverance was rewarded as the Real Madrid midfielder fired a 95th-minute equaliser. Follow live updates from England vs Belgium in tonight’s live blog, while you can get the latest odds and tips on the match, here:

England vs Belgium: Latest updates from Wembley

  • FT! Late Bellingham goal rescues 2-2 draw with Belgium

  • 90+4’ GOAL! Bellingham salvages draw right at the death (ENG 2-2 BEL)

  • 38’ GOAL! Tielemans scores again after Dunk slip and Lukaku cross (ENG 1-2 BEL)

  • 28’ NO GOAL! Jarrod Bowen header ruled out due to tight offside (ENG 1-1 BEL)

  • 17’ GOAL! Ivan Toney cooly converts penalty for first England goal (ENG 1-1 BEL)

  • 11’ GOAL! Pickford gives ball away and is caught as Tielemans fires in (ENG 0-1 BEL)

  • England without several first-choice names as injury crisis continues

Jude Bellingham’s new England role provides late twist to Gareth Southgate’s Euros plans

Tuesday 26 March 2024 22:52 , Will Castle

On a night when Jude Bellingham may have lost his status as the youngest prodigy in the England midfield, he still had the final say.

An evening of erratic finishing from Real Madrid’s top scorer concluded with the surest of shots, tucked into the bottom corner for a 95th-minute equaliser against Belgium: Bellingham has often had a flair for the dramatic and, in sparing England a second defeat in four days, he delivered just his third international goal.

If the glimpse of the future had come first from Kobbie Mainoo, with a dextrous touch and a lovely ability to evade opponents, on his maiden international start, England then saw what the Bernabeu has witnessed for much of this season: Bellingham the goalscorer.

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Jude Bellingham’s new role provides late twist to Gareth Southgate’s Euros plans

When will England’s Euro 2024 squad be named?

Tuesday 26 March 2024 23:17 , Will Castle

England players have only a few more weeks to impress before Gareth Southgate names his squad for this summer’s Euro 2024 in Germany.

Southgate picked a 25-man squad for March’s two friendly games against Brazil and Belgium, before adding a 26th man with the late call-up of Manchester United’s teenage sensation Kobbie Mainoo.

However, with a number of players absent through injury, including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Luke Shaw, Reece James, Kieran Trippier, Marc Guehi and Callum Wilson to name but a few, there are still plenty of decisions for Southgate to make before he settles on his final 23 players for the tournament.

The reduction in squad size from the 26 players allowed at the past two major tournaments means Southgate is unlikely to gamble on players who have not proven their fitness come the end of the season, with the Premier League to conclude on Sunday 19 May.

Here is everything you need to know about the squad announcement.

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When will England’s Euro 2024 squad be named?

England player ratings as Jordan Pickford and Lewis Dunk errors prove costly against Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 22:28 , Will Castle

Jude Bellingham scored in the dying seconds at Wembley to salvage a 2-2 draw a against Belgium, denying the visitors a first ever win in England.

The Three Lions dominated for much of the game but found themselves behind at the break, with Ivan Toney’s equalising penalty sandwiched in between two preventable Youri Tielemans goals.

Phil Foden, Ivan Toney and Kobbie Mainoo all had openings to level terms after the interval, but it would be in the fifth minute of four added on that England found parity, with Bellingham slotting home after brilliant work from Ollie Watkins and James Maddison kept the ball alive.

It spares Gareth Southgate’s blushes of suffering back-to-back home defeats, with the England boss now turning full focus to his squad selection for Euro 2024.

Here are how the players rated at Wembley.

By Will Castle

England player ratings as Jordan Pickford and Lewis Dunk errors prove costly

Tuesday 26 March 2024 22:26 , Will Castle

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Ivan Toney hopeful he’s made an impression

Tuesday 26 March 2024 22:19 , Will Castle

Ivan Toney has been speaking after the game after bagging his first goal in an England shirt against Belgium.

“Very special to get on the scoresheet,” he said. It would have been a bit of a downer if we lost the game but thankfully we drew. I feel like we fully deserved something.

“I’ve always got to stay calm on the penalty spot, I always do that, take my time and walk away with the ball. I saw the keeper try to come out and put me off but I just stay calm, make the keeper work for me and slot it in the back of the net.

“I hope I did (make an impression). I always try and work hard, even when I’m not playing. I always support the boys, like I say all the time, it’s friendly competition, I wish him (Ollie Watkins) all the best every time he goes on the pitch.

“But I felt like I’ve done well today and hopefully I’ve done enough to put my name forward to go to the Euros.”

FULL-TIME: England 2-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 22:13 , Will Castle

England were a breathe away from a second consecutive defeat at Wembley – yet looking back on that performance, there was a lot to be encouraged by.

The Three Lions were far and away the dominant side, creating a shower of good opportunities and breaking down the Belgium back-line on a fair few occasions.

Ultimately it was their final product that let them down in the 90 minutes – as well two defensive mishaps which brought about both of Youri Tielemans’ goals.

The likes of Jarred Bowen, Ivan Toney and Kobbie Mainoo also gave fans quite a bit to write home about, demonstrating that there is depth beyond England’s marquee talents.

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:58 , Will Castle

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FULL TIME: England 2-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:45 , Will Castle

Jude Bellingham salvaged a draw in the dying seconds at Wembley to deny Belgium a first ever win in England.

The Three Lions dominated for much of the game but found themselves behind at the break, with Ivan Toney’s equalising penalty sandwiched in between two preventable Youri Tielemans goals.

Phil Foden, Ivan Toney and Kobbie Mainoo all had openings to level terms after the interval, but it would take the fifth minute of four added on to find parity, with Bellingham slotting home after brilliant work from Ollie Watkins and James Maddison kept the ball alive.

It spares Gareth Southgate’s blushes of suffering back-to-back home defeats, with the England boss now turning full focus to his squad selection for Euro 2024.

GOAL! England 2-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:40 , Will Castle

90+5 mins: GOAL! ENGLAND HAVE RESCUED IT!

Jude Bellingham proves that persistence pays offs as he slots home in the fifth minute of four added minutes.

Effectively the last kick of the game, it denies Belgium a first ever win in England.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:38 , Will Castle

90+4 mins: Looping corner comes to little and the chance ends as James Maddison gives away a foul.

That should be it.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:37 , Will Castle

90+3 mins: CLOSE! Jude Bellingham’s deflected shot loops over the bar.

Corner to come…

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:37 , Will Castle

90+1 mins: England trying to work the ball on the edge of the Belgium area, but Jude Bellingham showed too much of the ball and was dispossessed.

This led to a Belgium counter-attack, with the ball eventually falling to the feet of Dodi Lukebakio who blazed over.

That would’ve sealed it.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:35 , Will Castle

90 mins: Four minutes of added time.

Many England fans opting to beat the traffic.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:32 , Will Castle

87 mins: Joe Gomez whips in the ball but it comes to nothing. Ben Chilwell then runs into Thomas Meunier and gets hurt.

Not long for England to find an equaliser.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:29 , Will Castle

83 mins: A fair few substitutions to note.

Jarred Bowen and Ivan Toney off for England, Anthony Gordon and Ollie Watkins on.

And it’s a triple change for Belgium: Lois Openda, Michy Batshuayi and Wout Faes all come on in place of Orel Mangala, Romelu Lukaku and Zeno Debast.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:25 , Will Castle

79 mins: CLOSE! Inches from an equaliser for Phil Foden.

Lovely work from Jarred Bowen to make the opportunity, beating a man before slotting through to Foden in the box, who drags just past the far post.

Won’t get many chances better than that.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:18 , Will Castle

74 mins: Kobbie Mainoo gets an ovation as he bows out of his full England debut. James Maddison enters the fray.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:16 , Will Castle

70 mins: Double change for Belgium. Arthur Theate and Youri Tielemens off, Aster Vranckx and Thomas Meunier on.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:12 , Will Castle

67 mins: Joe Gomez goes into the book after one too many offences. First yellow of the game.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:12 , Will Castle

66 mins: CLOSE! That would’ve been some moment for Kobbie Mainoo.

Phil Foden drives into the box before being tackled – fairly according to VAR – and after Jude Bellingham puts it back into the danger area, Mainoo fires towards the Belgium goal only to be denied by Matz Sels.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:10 , Will Castle

65 mins: Romelu Lukaku mistimes an effort and skies over the bar, to the enjoyment of the Wembley faithful.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:09 , Will Castle

62 mins: CLOSE! Lovely play for England as Phil Foden, Joe Gomez and Jarred Bowen link up.

Bowen’s effort from the centre of the box is hard and low but not far enough in the corner, allowing Matz Sels to get down to make a good stop.

England are having the chances, they just need to find the net.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:06 , Will Castle

60 mins: First change of the game as Belgium’s Dodi Lukebakio comes on for Leandro Trossard.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 21:05 , Will Castle

59 mins: Belgium are beginning to threaten down the left-hand side, with a Jeremy Doku cross fired agonisingly across the six-yard box with no recipients.

There’s an interesting one-on-one battle going on between Doku and Joe Gomez.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:59 , Will Castle

54 mins: CLOSE! Lovely weighted cross from Joe Gomez finds the head of Jude Bellingham, who mistimes his header and nods wide.

Final product not quite there for the Real Madrid man tonight.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:57 , Will Castle

52 mins: CLOSE! Ivan Toney drives an effort towards the bottom corner, with Sels tipping it into the side-netting.

Some in the stadium thought that was in, but alas not.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:53 , Will Castle

49 mins: Ivan Toney takes a shot that deflects out for a corner.

Phil Foden’s delivery comes to nothing.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:53 , Will Castle

48 mins: Driven cross from Leandro Trossard doesn’t have the whip needed and goes straight into the hands of Jordan Pickford.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:50 , Will Castle

KICK OFF! The teams are back walking out, and England are coming out without the names on the back of their shirts.

This gesture is to support the Alzheimer’s Society and in recognition of the 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

No changes in personnel for either side.

HALF TIME: England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:39 , Will Castle

England find themselves a goal down at the break – and they only have themselves to blame.

Ivan Toney’s penalty was sandwiched either side of two Youri Tielemans goals, with both of Belgium’s strikes coming as a result of lackadaisical defensive errors from Gareth Southgate’s side.

However, beyond the moments of madness, it’s been a pretty encouraging performance from England. Jarred Bowen and Kobbie Mainoo have been among those to shine at Wembley in a wild first half.

The boys have just 45 more minutes to prove why they should be on the plane bound for Germany come the summer. Second-half to come.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:33 , Will Castle

45+2 mins: CLOSE! Jarred Bowen is once again at the focus point of play as he manages to find Jude Bellingham in the area, but Bellingham isn’t able to produce the power to truly test Matz Sels as he fires towards goal.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:31 , Will Castle

45 mins: Three minutes to be added on.

England player ratings as Jordan Pickford and Lewis Dunk errors prove costly against Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 22:24 , Will Castle

Jude Bellingham scored in the dying seconds at Wembley to salvage a 2-2 draw a against Belgium, denying the visitors a first ever win in England.

The Three Lions dominated for much of the game but found themselves behind at the break, with Ivan Toney’s equalising penalty sandwiched in between two preventable Youri Tielemans goals.

Phil Foden, Ivan Toney and Kobbie Mainoo all had openings to level terms after the interval, but it would be in the fifth minute of four added on that England found parity, with Bellingham slotting home after brilliant work from Ollie Watkins and James Maddison kept the ball alive.

It spares Gareth Southgate’s blushes of suffering back-to-back home defeats, with the England boss now turning full focus to his squad selection for Euro 2024.

Here are how the players rated at Wembley.

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England player ratings as Jordan Pickford and Lewis Dunk errors prove costly

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:30 , Will Castle

44 mins: Pause in play as Everton’s Amadou Onana recieves treatment following a crunching 50-50 with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.

Merseyside rivalry still going strong.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:28 , Will Castle

43 mins: Free-kick goes straight into the clutches of Matz Sels.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:27 , Will Castle

42 mins: Kobbie Mainoo wins a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Declan Rice to take.

England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:26 , Will Castle

39 mins: It’s the Belgium fans who are once again making the more noise at Wembley.

We’ve had a wild 40 minutes.

GOAL! England 1-2 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:22 , Will Castle

36 mins: GOAL! It comes from another England mistake, but that is absolutely sensational from Romelu Lukaku.

Lewis Dunk goes to slide in with the wrong leg, allowing Lukaku to take up possession on the right side of the area.

And with a delectable trivela cross, he finds the head of Youri Tielemans to nod home his second of the game.

Belgium retake the lead.

England 1-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:20 , Will Castle

34 mins: CLOSE! Now it’s Belgium’s turn to play high-risk football.

Matz Sels’ pass out from the back in pounced on by Declan Rice – but as the ball falls to Jude Bellingham, he can only sky it over the bar from inside the box.

England 1-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:18 , Will Castle

33 mins: Jarred Bowen once again threatening down the right, firing his effort over the bar.

GOAL DISALLOWED! England 1-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:14 , Will Castle

28 mins: GOAL DISALLOWED! After a thorough check, Jarred Bowen’s goal is ruled out for offside.

It remains all square.

GOAL! England 2-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:13 , Will Castle

26 mins: GOAL! Jarred Bowen heads in after a nicely worked corner from Englabd, which saw Lewis Dunk nod the ball back into the danger area from a deep Phil Foden delivery.

However, VAR are checking a potential offside…

England 1-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:10 , Will Castle

23 mins: Youri Tielemans slots a pass in behind looking to set Romelu Lukaku free – but Jordan Pickford, in a good starting position, is able to get off his line quickly and clear before any damage can be done.

England 1-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:07 , Will Castle

20 mins: CLOSE! Jeremy Doku drives at Joe Gomez down the right-hand side, cutting in on the Liverpool defender before firing a shot towards Jordan Pickford, which required a decent stop.

England then went right up the other end and looked to have put themselves in a good position as Jude Bellingham opened up to shoot, only for his effort to be blocked.

End-to-end stuff this.

GOAL! England 1-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:04 , Will Castle

17 mins: GOAL! Ivan Toney dispatches the spot-kick with aplomb!

A goal on his full England debut as the Brentford slots the ball into the bottom-left corner, sending Matz Sels the wrong way.

What a moment for the striker – exactly what he would have wanted as he looks to leave an impression on Gareth Southgate.

England 0-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 20:01 , Will Castle

15 mins: PENALTY!

Kobbie Mainoo slots in Ivan Toney brilliantly, and Jan Vertonghen barges in from behind to give away a stonewall penalty.

Toney claims the ball and will take the spot-kick.

GOAL! England 0-1 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:58 , Will Castle

11 mins: GOAL! It’s an absolute gift for Belgium, who take the lead at Wembley.

Jordan Pickford goes for an audacious pass towards Jarred Bowen but gets it all wrong, leaving him out of position and allowing Youri Tielemans to roll a smart finish into the gaping net.

A man injured and now a goal down. Not the start England wanted.

England 0-0 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:55 , Will Castle

9 mins: Oh dear. John Stones is signalling to the bench that he needs to come off.

That’s another England casualty, adding to their ever-growing injury list ahead of the Euros.

Joe Gomez is stripped and ready. The Liverpool man replaces Stones.

England 0-0 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:53 , Will Castle

8 mins: Jarred Bowen does brilliantly to take down a lofted ball and win a corner.

Phil Foden’s corner comes to nothing, though.

England 0-0 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:51 , Will Castle

5 mins: Sloppy passing out from the back from John Stones and Ben Chilwell goes unpunished as the Belgium frontmen fail to use the ball effectively.

England 0-0 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:49 , Will Castle

2 mins: A quick response from Belgium, driving forward through captain Romelu Lukaku before Leandro Trossard’s delivery comes to nothing.

Early scares for both teams.

England 0-0 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:47 , Will Castle

1 min: Lively start for England as Jarred Bowen whips in a dangerous ball towards Ivan Toney within 25 seconds.

Toney whacks it against his own arm and the whistle is blown.

KICK-OFF! England 0-0 Belgium

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:45 , Will Castle

England get us underway.

The teams are in the tunnels

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:39 , Will Castle

Declan Rice is about to lead England out for the first time on his 50th cap.

Not long to go now!

A familiar face on our screens

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:36 , Will Castle

There’s a towering figure on Channel 4’s punditry panel this evening.

Standing alongside former England stalwarts Jill Scott and Joe is a familiar face in ex-Manchester United powerhouse Marouane Fellaini.

The big Belgian announced his retirement from football at the beginning of February, having seen out his career at Chinese Super League side Shandong Taishan.

Southgate hails ‘immense’ Rice ahead of first game as England captain

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:29 , Will Castle

Gareth Southgate on Declan Rice:

“He’s been immense for us. Frankly we’d have been lost without him for the five or six years he’s been with us. I think his game has moved onto another level.

“I think this leadership experience will be a great one for him. He’s obviously done that at West Ham as the captain and I think we can bring him out of himself more than he already is.”

“He wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t the case” – Mainoo very much in Southgate’s selection thoughts

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:25 , Will Castle

Gareth Southgate on Kobbie Mainoo:

“He’s been completely at ease with the environment, you saw the other night in the short cameo he had that he’s very comfortable with receiving the ball and progressing the ball up the pitch.

“I think it’s an easy group to settle in with so they’ve made it more comfortable for him.

“He wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t the case (having a realistic chance of being selected for the Euros). It’s a great opportunity to see him. We’ve put young players in in the past who are not afraid to do that, so we’re really looking forward to seeing him play.”

Gareth Southgate speaks ahead of kick-off

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:21 , Will Castle

Gareth Southgate on Ivan Toney’s involvement tonight:

“You can’t disguise the fact that any game in an England shirt is an important one. But he’s playing with confidence with his club and, as everyone else does, all he has to do is bring his club form into the international shirt.

“He of course has different qualities to Ollie. He’s definitely a player who gets more involved in the lower build up and can come short, find those passes, it’s not just about hitting him as a target man. There are plenty of different attributes to his game.”

Make or break for Ivan Toney’s Euros dream?

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:15 , Will Castle

Ivan Toney leads the line for England this evening in what could easily be do or die for a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euros squad.

He’ll be desperate to impress.

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A mammoth clash across the border

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:10 , Will Castle

England aren’t the only ones in action tonight.

All the way down the M4 in Cardiff, Wales and Poland face off in a crucial encounter which will determine which of the two nations plays a part in Euro 2024 this year.

The teams are one game away from a place at the tournament and meet in a qualifying play-off final at Cardiff City Stadium where Wales should be the favourites to triumph. They have home advantage and although lacking the star power of a Robert Lewandowski, who is sure to line-up for Poland, they should have enough ability to reach a third successive European Championship in front of the Red Wall.

Follow live updates from the Welsh capital:

Wales vs Poland LIVE: Latest Euro 2024 play-off final updates

Euro 2024 kits: Every shirt so far ranked and rated

Tuesday 26 March 2024 19:00 , Will Castle

Euro 2024 is nearly upon us and with it comes a sartorial smorgasbord for us to enjoy, or be deeply offended by.

What have Croatia done this time? Have England pulled off a genuine gem? Why are Belgium wearing brown shorts? And which kit has won our highly-coveted top spot?

There are still a few shirts to be released by Puma, Macron and the good people at Joma, but Nike and Adidas have dropped most of their gear already, so without further ado, let’s get stuck in.

By Lawrence Ostlere

Euro 2024 kits: Every shirt ranked and rated

Chances aplenty for Euro hopefuls – but Gordon perhaps unfortunate

Tuesday 26 March 2024 18:54 , Will Castle

As many expected, Manchester United teenager Kobbie Mainoo makes his full England debut this evening as the Three Lions take on Belgium.

He’s one of a handful of England’s fringe players who will be eager to make an impression on Gareth Southgate ahead of Euros selection, with the likes of Ezri Konsa, Jarred Bowen and Ivan Toney also starting tonight.

However, one notable omission from Southgate’s XI is Anthony Gordon, who would have been desperate to prove his worth across 90 minutes this evening.

Also on the bench is Cole Palmer and Jordan Henderson – two players who were absent for Saturday’s clash with Brazil due to injury. A rare positive fitness update for England.

England vs Belgium LIVE: Latest updates from Wembley

Tuesday 26 March 2024 18:40 , Will Castle

The teams are out!

ENGLAND XI: Pickford; Konsa, Stones, Dunk, Chilwell; Mainoo, Rice, Bellingham; Bowen, Toney, Foden.

BELGIUM XI: Sels; Castagne, Debast, Vertonghen, Theate; Mangala, Onana, Tielemans; Trossard, Lukaku, Trossard.

The stage is set

Tuesday 26 March 2024 18:34 , Will Castle

It’s going to be a wet night at Wembley!

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England’s captain for the evening

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Half an hour until team news

Tuesday 26 March 2024 18:15 , Will Castle

We’re 30 minutes out from lineups! Just to remind you of the team news, England are dealing with a long list of injuries.

Southgate is dealing with an “incredible number” of absent players, with captain Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka joined on the sidelines by Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker.

However, Cole Palmer is in contention to return to action after missing out on the weekend’s outing against Brazil, while Kobbie Mainoo could make his full England debut.

All will be revealed in half an hour…

England squad arrive at Wembley ahead of Belgium friendly

Tuesday 26 March 2024 18:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Looks like the England squad managed to get out onto the pitch before the rain arrived…

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Rivaldo backs England to win Euro 2024

Tuesday 26 March 2024 18:00 , Will Castle

Brazil icon Rivaldo has tipped England to lift the European Championship this summer, going one better than they did three years prior.

Speaking to Betfair, Rivaldo said: “The England team is strong and there are great players throughout the squad. England have a great chance of winning the European Championships in Germany this summer.

“Many good players have worn the England shirt and yet they still haven’t won a major trophy since 1966. In that sense, they are similar to the situation Argentina were in before they won the World Cup in Qatar, they had many great players who deserved it which gave hope to fans and finally they won the title after many years.

“Under Gareth Southgate, England have given their fans hope, reached the final of Euro 2020, and are now ready to go one better and win a tournament. Everything is in place for them to have a great Euros this summer and a great World Cup in 2026.”

High praise.

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England squad arriving at Wembley

Tuesday 26 March 2024 17:45 , Will Castle

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England pegged as favourites to win tonight… and to win the Euros

Tuesday 26 March 2024 17:30 , Will Castle

Even after Saturday’s underwhelming outing against Brazil, the bookmakers are still liking the look of England ahead of the Euros.

Here are the latest Betfair odds for tonight’s contest with Belgium, as well as an updated look at the favourites to lift silverware at Euro 2024.

England vs Belgium

England 4/6

Draw 15/8

Belgium 10/3

Euro 2024 winner

England: 3/1

France: 4/1

Germany: 6/1

Spain: 7/1

Portugal: 8/1

Italy, Belgium 14/1

Last time out against tonight’s opposition

Tuesday 26 March 2024 17:00 , Will Castle

England’s last outing against Belgium came in the Nations League nearly four years ago.

The Red Devils came out 2-0 victors, with goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens sealing the win in Leuven.

Tonight’s game will be the 25th meeting between the pair, and will be the first to be played out in front of fans since the 2018 World Cup – with their last two meetings being played behind closed doors due to restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A golden opportunity for Ivan Toney

Tuesday 26 March 2024 16:40 , Will Castle

With limited availability comes increased opportunity.

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that amid England’s injury crisis, Ivan Toney will ‘for sure’ be involved in tonight’s game against Belgium.

It acts as a massive chance for the Brentford frontman to leave an impression and prove why he should be on the plane bound for Germany come the summer.

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Belgium entering a new generation under Domenico Tedesco

Tuesday 26 March 2024 16:20 , Will Castle

It’s safe to say that Belgium’s side has evolved since beating England at the 2018 World Cup. In fact, they’re almost unrecognisable.

With headline talents like Eden Hazard, Toby Alderwiereld and Dries Mertens no longer involved, a new generation of talent has emerged under head coach Domenico Tedesco.

It acts as a fresh challenge for Gareth Southgate, who can appreciate the job Tedesco has done in revamping a squad which, after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, was clearly beginning to stagnate.

“It’s obviously a new generation, if you like, bar (Romelu) Lukaku, (Jan) Vertonghen, I suppose (Timothy) Castagne to a degree,” Southgate told the PA news agency. “But from that team from 2018, a big evolution.

“I think Domenico (Tedesco) has done a very good job to this point through the qualifying campaign.”

DOMENICO TEDESCO (AP)DOMENICO TEDESCO (AP)

DOMENICO TEDESCO (AP)

England’s Euro 2024 squad: Who’s on the plane, who’s in contention and who has work to do?

Tuesday 26 March 2024 16:00 , Will Castle

Time is running out for England players to impress manager Gareth Southgate and win a place in his 23-player squad for Euro 2024.

England play Slovenia, Denmark and Serbia in Group C when they begin their quest to win the tournament in Germany this summer.

Southgate’s side topped their qualifying group without defeat and are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Germany on 14 July, given their recent record in major tournaments and the outstanding form of attacking duo Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham this season.

But this is the last chance for players before he decides on his provisional squad on 21 May.

By Lawrence Ostlere

England’s Euro 2024 squad: Who’s on the plane and who has work to do?

Declan Rice ‘speechless’ at being granted honour of England captaincy

Tuesday 26 March 2024 15:40 , Will Castle

Declan Rice on captaining England for the first time:

“I am speechless to be honest with you; absolutely lost for words.

“When Gareth said to me last night I was going to be captain, I gave him a hug, shook his hand and said thank you very much.

“I owe him a lot since I first came into the team. He’s always made me feel at home, I’ve always felt so comfortable playing under him and I have really grown in confidence.

“So on my 50th cap to walk out at Wembley in front of my family and my friends, it is an absolute honour.

“I think you can see by my face that I am a bit speechless, to be honest with you.”

Declan Rice captains England for the first time

Tuesday 26 March 2024 15:20 , Will Castle

It’ll be a momentous occasion for Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice as he wears the armband for the first time in tonight’s encounter with Belgium.

Rice already boasts captaincy experienced at club level, having been West Ham’s skipper as they won the Europa Conference League last season – his final game before a club-record £105million move to the Gunners followed.

He has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League this season as Mikel Arteta’s side push for the Premier League title and prepare for a Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.

Following in the footsteps of England’s World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore – a fellow former Hammer – Rice will have plenty of players running through his thoughts when he leads England out.

Declan Rice: As England captain I’ll be thinking of players I’ve learned from

Jordan Henderson a doubt, while Jude Bellingham is ‘ready for games’

Tuesday 26 March 2024 15:00 , Will Castle

Some slightly better injury news to bring you.

Jordan Henderson and Cole Palmer were both absent for the weekend’s outing against Brazil – and while the new Ajax skipper is unlikely to make his return against Belgium, Gareth Southgate is hopeful Palmer can feature this evening.

The England manager is also certain that Jude Bellingham is ready to play a full match, having spent close to two months rehabbing a sprained ankle.

Speaking in his press conference on Monday, Southgate said: “Hendo probably not, Cole is back in training so that is possible.

“With Jude, absolutely (he can play the full 90 minutes). Jude had cramps the other day. He’s missed quite a bit of football recently so actually, he is ready for games.”

 (The FA via Getty Images) (The FA via Getty Images)

(The FA via Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate sees silver lining to England injury woes

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:40 , Will Castle

Gareth Southgate on England injuries:

“It’s an incredible number unavailable to us. I haven’t experienced that before.

“But it means there’s opportunities for other people. We saw against Brazil players step up and take those opportunities which is great for us as well.

“I have to say, with everything that’s happened, the original idea or plan for the week is a little bit different.

“We’re probably finding out about more players, but that’s really helpful. To see all those players against high level opposition will help us make better decisions moving forward.”

Four players return to clubs as injury crisis worsens

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:20 , Will Castle

As preparations ramp up for Euro 2024, Gareth Southgate can now count as many as 15 regular players unavailable to him through injury.

A crisis that has exacerbated in the aftermath of England’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil on Saturday, Southgate has since seen Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Sam Johnstone and Harry Maguire all return to their clubs with fitness woes.

The quartet joins Bukayo Saka on the list of recent England casualties, with the Arsenal winger having pulled out of the squad prior to the weekend.

Adding to a lengthy absentee list that includes the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope, Luke Shaw, Mark Ghehi and Callum Wilson, Southgate has bemoaned the misfortune of his side in what is the worst injury crisis he has ever experienced.

 (The FA via Getty Images) (The FA via Getty Images)

(The FA via Getty Images)

England vs Belgium predictions: Football betting tips, odds and free bets

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Odds

England win: 7/9

Draw: 11/4

Belgium win: 7/2

Prediction

Considering injuries to both sides, a narrow home win looks the likeliest result. England 2-1 Belgium

England vs Belgium predictions: Football betting tips, odds and free bets

England vs Belgium: Predicted line-ups

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:04 , Jamie Braidwood

England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Branthwaite, Gomez; Mainoo, Rice, Bellingham; Foden, Toney, Rashford.

Belgium XI: Sels; Castagne, De Winter, Faes, Deman; Vranckx, Onana, Tielemans; Bakayoko, Lukaku, Trossard.

What is the Belgium team news?

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:03 , Jamie Braidwood

For Belgium, the most notable absentees are Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois, with the former withdrawn and the latter still out with a knee injury. Jeremy Doku, Romelu Lukaku and Amadou Onana will be hoping to start after initially being rested against the Republic of Ireland.

What is the England team news?

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:02 , Jamie Braidwood

England are still working through an injury crisis. Already without Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka, Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker have since pulled out of the squad following the defeat to Brazil. Cole Palmer has recovered from a knock that saw him miss the Brazil defeat, but Jordan Henderson has been ruled out.

Kobbie Mainoo is therefore set to make his full England debut, after winning his first cap on Saturday after coming off the bench against Brazil. The 18-year-old Manchester United midfielder caught the eye with his late cameo, and will be given the chance to continue his breakthrough season.

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Ivan Toney will play a part, while Declan Rice has been named captain and will start as he wins his 50th cap. Jude Bellingham has been passed fit after coming off in the second half against Brazil due to cramp.

Mainoo is set to make his full debut (The FA via Getty Images)Mainoo is set to make his full debut (The FA via Getty Images)

Mainoo is set to make his full debut (The FA via Getty Images)

When is England v Belgium?

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:01 , Jamie Braidwood

England v Belgium is due to kick off at 7.45pm tonight, Tuesday 26 March at Wembley Stadium.

How can I watch it?

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on Channel 4, with coverage from the broadcaster from 7pm GMT. A livestream will be available via the Channel 4 app or website.

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Good afternoon

Tuesday 26 March 2024 14:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Following a late defeat against Brazil at the weekend, England continue their Euro 2024 preparations as Belgium visit Wembley.

Having fallen to a first defeat since the Qatar World Cup against the Selecao, England welcome Belgium as one of their final three fixtures before the start of the summer tournament. They will face both Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina before their opener against Serbia on 16 June.

This game presents Gareth Southgate with another chance to evaluate some of the members of his potential summer squad, with a few notable absences and players such as Kobbie Mainoo, Conor Gallagher and Jarrod Bowen playing for a spot in the side.

For Belgium, it gives manager Domenico Tedesco the opportunity to build a new-look team before they open their Euro 2024 campaign against Slovakia on 17 June.

Follow live updates as we build-up to kick-off:



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