PLAYER RATINGS: Jack Grealish was England's main man once again
PLAYER RATINGS: Jack Grealish was England’s main man once again, but Jordan Henderson failed to impact the game in a very quiet first half
- Jack Grealish was on top form just like he was against the Republic of Ireland
- Jordan Henderson was poor, while Romelu Lukaku was impressive for Belgium
- CLICK HERE to read the full match report from Belgium’s win over England
Jack Grealish was once again the best player on the pitch, although England fell to defeat against Belgium in the Nations League on Sunday.
Belgium often had to foul him to stop him, and was constantly a threat despite England’s lack of goals.
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku was Belgium’s main man, holding up play, setting up a goal, and also heading the ball off the line. Sportsmail’s ADRIAN KAJUMBA rates the players below.
Jack Grealish was England’s main man once again, and calls for his inclusion will only grow
Close to saving Tielemans’ goal but not helped by two deflections. Could do nothing about Mertens’ free-kick. Good save to deny Lukaku deserved goal.
Took it on himself more than once to try and spark England into life after slow start with forays forward from his right-sided centre-back role.
Recovered from a warm-up knock to start. His poor pass out intercepted before opener and another awkward moment when he cleared over his own bar.
Eric Dier’s poor pass was intercepted for the opener, and he had a few more awkward moments
One player Tielemans’ strike took a touch off but had some impressive moments, notably to stopp De Bruyne and Lukaku getting into dangerous areas.
Tried to push on down right flank and created a great chance for Grealish which was deflected wide. As ever, set-pieces were dangerous.
Unlucky, unwanted role in both goals. Slight deflection for first and conceded free-kick for second. Did do some good work to disrupt Belgian flow in midfield.
Couple of needed interceptions but the game largely went on around him. Passing too safe and simple, failed to impact game, subbed at half-time.
A good outlet down left in his first England game for a year. Ever-willing to support attack. But his return was cut short by first-half injury.
Found it difficult to get into game in first half having started on right, though did have two decent chances. Infield more and better after break.
Grealish 8.5 MOTM
Clamour to play him will only grow after this. Got better and better as first competitive start wore on. A roaming, dribbling threat Belgium often had to foul to stop.
Grealish was constantly a threat, dribbling and roaming, and Belgium often had to foul him
Few sights of goal on his 50th cap. Saw header nodded off the line by Lukaku but might have done better with second-half shot. Looked just as likely to create as score.
Saka 7 (for Chilwell, 38)
Winks 7 (for Henderson 46)
Calvert-Lewin 6 (for Mount 69)
Sancho 6.5 (for Trippier 70)
Not used: Pope, Henderson, Keane, Maitland-Niles, Foden, Abraham, Bellingham
Lack of pace up front in starting team was an issue. England much better after the break following Introduction of Winks, who got Southgate’s side passing forward.
Composed figure in Belgium’s goal on his 80th cap. Spread calm and confidence with willingness to come off line and claim crosses. Good save from Kane.
Alderweireld BOOKED 7.5
Vital block to stop Grealish scoring just one example of some excellent covering defending from Tottenham man. Good on the ball too.
Started well, and typified Belgium’s aggressive, front foot defending. Also denied Grealish a goal with a block.
Played his part in strong defensive display Belgium. Also comfortable stepping forward, as shown when his interception led to Belgium’s opening goal.
Jan Vertonghen played a big part in a strong defensive performance from Belgium on Sunday
Meunier BOOKED 6
Borussia Dortmund man was solid down Belgium’s right hand side. Got forward whenever he could and his clever back-heel led to one opportunity.
Witsel BOOKED 7
Often in right place at right time when Belgium needed him to halt an attack. Had to be careful after picking up a first-half yellow card though.
Fine strike from 25 yards to give Belgium the lead and continue the scoring form he has shown at times for Leicester this season.
Youri Tielemans fired a fine strike from 25 yards to give Belgium the lead early in the first half
T. Hazard 6
Out of position at wing-back. Was unintentional but biggest impression he made was on Trippier when he caught him accidentally on the face with a boot.
De Bruyne 7.5
Stationed out on the right but moved around, making himself hard for England to pick up. His crossing ability, unsurprisingly, a problem whenever he was wide.
Some impressive hold and link-play, including to set up opener. Header off the line to deny Kane just as important. Unlucky not to score himself.
Romelu Lukaku was Belgium’s top man, holding up play and setting up the opening goal
Have to be good to take free-kicks ahead of De Bruyne. Showed why he did by bending in a brilliant effort to make it 2-0.
Praet 6 (for Mertens 83)
Not used: Mignolet, Casteels, Mechele, Lukebakio, Foket, Vanaken, Verschaeren, Benteke, Delcroix, Chadli, Batshuayi
Dominant first half. Aggressive defending and getting support in and around Lukaku paid off. Had to work harder after break. Be pleased his team held firm.
REF DANNY MAKKELIE (Netherlands) 6
Let game flow but questionable decision to award foul against Rice which led to Belgium’s second goal.
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