Manchester United legend Roy Keane said England showed good character to come from behind and beat Belgium but criticised the performances of Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford in the 2-1 win.
Belgium took control of the Nations League clash midway through the first half as Romelu Lukaku converted from the penalty spot following Eric Dier’s clumsy challenge at Wembley.
But Rashford scored a spot-kick of his own to equalise just before half-time and Mason Mount’s deflected long-range strike looped over Simon Mignolet in the 64th minute to secure an important victory for the hosts.
Gareth Southgate admitted his players ‘suffered’ at times despite the result going their way and former United and Republic of Ireland captain Keane claimed there was plenty of room for improvement as he hit out at England’s poor decision-making in the ITV Sport studio.
Discussing the penalty incident in the 16th minute, Keane accused Maguire of ‘making a bad situation worse’ by diving in on Kevin De Bruyne which left Dier exposed versus Lukaku.
He said: ‘We’re talking about decision-making, particularly against very good teams here.
‘Listen, [Declan] Rice had an excellent night, I thought he was very good, but here he gets himself into a bit of a mess with his decision-making.
‘He gets dragged into the ball where he really doesn’t have to.
‘When you make a mistake like that you hope your team-mate helps you out but then it’s compounded by Maguire, they’ve made a bad situation worse.
‘Maguire then goes when he doesn’t have to go and straight away you’re thinking, “We’re in trouble here” because you look at this boy, Lukaku, big, strong, powerful player and you know he’s going to outrun Dier.
‘In a defensive position your plan is to slow him up if you can and show him wide but Dier does the opposite to that.’
Keane was also less than impressed with Rashford’s display and criticised the forward’s ‘body language’ before the break.
‘Rashford in the first-half was going through the motions,’ he added.
‘I just want to make a point, Rashford, his body language in the first half, he needs to do better.
‘And then he started doing what he should be doing, running at people, getting forward, doing things quickly.
‘Gareth Southgate should have said something at half-time, cut out this nonsense, kind of standing on the ball.
‘Pass it and run, pass it and move and, again, it was excellent play between Rice and Rashford at the end but simplify the game.
‘Remember what got you into this England team and that’s running at people. That’s your strength.’
England return to Wembley to play host to entertain Denmark on Wednesday evening and Harry Kane is expected to return to the side after starting on the bench last night.
Southgate insisted Kane wasn’t injured ahead of kick-off and the England captain came on for Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 66th minute, just moments after Mount’s winning goal.
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