PLAYER RATINGS: Kyle Walker shines on his 50th England cap

PLAYER RATINGS: Kyle Walker shines on his 50th England cap but Trent Alexander-Arnold still struggling to replicate Liverpool form as Three Lions come from behind to beat Belgium

  • Kyle Walker (7.5) shone on his 50th appearance for England at Wembley
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (6) is still struggling to replicate his Liverpool form 
  • Marcus Rashford (7) was coolness personified from the penalty spot

England came from behind to beat Belgium 2-1 at Wembley to go top of their UEFA Nations League group.

Romelu Lukaku converted 16th minute penalty to give the visitors the lead after the former Manchester United striker was fouled by Eric Dier in the area.

But England levelled after Thomas Meunier pulled down Jordan Henderson at a corner with Marcus Rashford scoring the resulting spot-kick. 

Mason Mount was the match-winner with the midfielder hitting a deflected strike over Simon Mignolet just after the hour mark

Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel gives his verdict on the performances from the players involved.

England came from behind to beat Belgium to go top of their UEFA Nations League group

PICKFORD – Back in the starting XI – but despite Belgium’s possession he didn’t have an awful lot to do. 6  

ALEXANDER-ARNOLD – Still unable to replicate his brilliant Liverpool performances on the international stage. Appeared subdued. 6

MAGUIRE – Needed eyes at the back of his head to cope with Belgium’s fluid attack. Not entirely convincing but did the job. 7

DIER – Recovered from a nightmare start after conceding a penalty to produce a composed performance in the heart of defence. 7 

WALKER – On his 50th cap, the right-back was again asked to play in an unfamiliar role at centre-back but was arguably the pick of England’ defenders. 7.5

Kyle Walker Kyle Walker was the pick of England’s defenders on his 50th cap for his country

HENDERSON – His first appearance of any kind since September 20. Won England’s penalty and was his usual combative self. 6.5

RICE – Did the job required and was economical in possession. One venture forward was particularly memorable. Booked. 7

TRIPPIER – The right back once again had to fill in down the left side. Required all his experience to see him through the test. 7

MOUNT – Selected ahead of man of the moment Jack Grealish and produced the crucial moment of the game, albeit via a big deflection. 7

RASHFORD – Fresh from being awarded his MBE, the national hero was coolness personified as he slotted home England’s penalty. 7

Marcus Rashford was coolness personified as he slotted home England’s first half penalty

CALVERT-LEWIN – A far sterner test than his dream England debut against Wales. Was left isolated at times, but still posed problems for Belgium. 6.5

SUBS: Phillips (Henderson 65); Kane (Calvert-Lewin 65); James (Alexander-Arnold 79); Sancho (Mount 90)

SUBS NOT USED: Mings, Pope, Coady, Maitland-Niles, Ward-Prowse, Grealish, Ings, D Henderson.

GARETH SOUTHGATE – His side were second best for much of this game – but beat the world’s No1 nation. You can’t say fairer than that. 7

BELGIUM (3-4-3) 

Mignolet 6; Alderweireld 6.5, Boyata 6.5, Denayer 6.5; Meunier 6, Tielemens 7, Castagne 7; De Bruyne 6.5 (Verschaeren 73), Lukaku 7, Carrasco 7 (Doku 83). Subs: Kaminski, Benteke, Roef, Batshuayi, Dendoncker, Trossard, Origi, Mechele, Kayembe, Vanaken. Booked: Meunier

Roberto Martinez: 6 

 REFEREE – Tobias Stieler (GER): Brandished two yellow cards but the game barely had a bad tackle. 6




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