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  • By Caitlin Hamill at Wembley Stadium

Bellingham scores late, late goal to secure 2-2 draw with Belgium at Wembley

By Caitlin Hamill at Wembley Stadium

England 2 Belgium 2

It was a rainy night at Wembley but a frustrating night for England as they were held to a draw against Belgium on Tuesday in an international friendly, with a brace from Youri Tielemans and a last-minute goal from Jude Bellingham.

The Red Devils took the lead in the 11th minute, after Jordan Pickford’s attempt to play out from the back failed miserably. The keeper passed the ball straight to the feet of Amadou Onana, releasing to Tielemans to fire home for Belgium, as Pickford frustratedly watched the ball roll into his net.

The goal came not long after John Stones hobbled off in the 10th minute, to be replaced by Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.

Just four minutes later, England levelled with a right footed rocket to the bottom left of the net from Ivan Toney on his first start for England. The penalty was awarded by the referee in the 15th minute, after the forward was fouled by Jan Vertonghen inside the area.

Although England looked the stronger side, they failed to convert their chances, as Jarrod Bowen had a goal ruled offside and Jude Bellingham sent an effort sky high, despite being one on one with the goalkeeper.

Following a rapid counterattack, Tielemans bagged his second of the game after Lewis Dunk failed to clear the ball from Romelu Lukaku, allowing the Roma forward to pick out Tielemans in the area to head home for Belgium.

But England managed to find a last-minute equaliser through Bellingham in the 95th minute, after super sub James Maddison whipped a cross from the left, causing Wembley to erupt.

This round of international fixtures saw a list of injuries, including captain Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka and Harry Maguire. The wave of injures allowed Kobbie Mainoo and Bowen make their full debuts, with James Trafford receiving his first senior call up also.

This fixture is the final game England will play before manager Gareth Southgate names his squad for the 2024 Euros in Germany, with England set to face Serbia on June 16.


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