Nations League: England vs Belgium





 
England will look to return to victory in the UEFA Nations League as they continue their 2020-21 home campaign against Belgium on Sunday night. The Three Lions are currently 2nd in Group 2 of League A, having earned 4 points from their 2 games so far, while Belgium are on top with 6 points from 2 wins.

England's main starting line-up will look very different from the start with Wales, with only two players - Joe Gomez and Kieran Trippier - holding their positions. Jordan Pickford is set to return to the wooden frame, while Harry Maguire, Eric Dier and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also present to start. There is little doubt about the position of left-back when Ben Chilwell is not present, meaning that Trippier can be thrown into the field on the opposite side. Jack Grealish, Calvert-Lewin and Ings all made a strong impression against Wales, but Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford will return to the start while also calling for Jadon Sancho, who was present after missing the game. clash with Wales for a violation of coronavirus regulations. Meanwhile, Declan Rice will play in the middle of the pitch and can pair with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who have not played at club level since 20 September due to injury. England beat Wales 3-0 with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings all scoring first for the national team, it was certainly a worthwhile exercise against the side of the team. Ryan Giggs, and some of the players will make head coach Gareth Southgata think about their selection in the near term. The Three Lions opened the UEFA Nations League 2020-21 challenge with a 1-0 win over Iceland on 5 September but were held a goalless draw by Denmark three days later. It is certainly a worthwhile exercise against Ryan Giggs' side, and some of the players will leave head coach Gareth Southgata thinking about their selection in the near term. The Three Lions opened the UEFA Nations League 2020-21 challenge with a 1-0 win over Iceland on 5 September but were held a goalless draw by Denmark three days later. It is certainly a worthwhile exercise against Ryan Giggs' side, and some of the players will leave head coach Gareth Southgata thinking about their selection in the near term. The Three Lions opened the UEFA Nations League 2020-21 challenge with a 1-0 win over Iceland on 5 September but were held a goalless draw by Denmark three days later.

Thibaut Courtois had to leave the concentration camp on Thursday after a medical check showed that the Real Madrid goalkeeper was not fit to play, meaning former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will start. Coach Martinez's team is also lacking important players like Thorgan Hazard and Dries Mertens, while Eden Hazard has a difficult chance to play, meaning the away team will not be full on Sunday night. As a result, Jeremy Doku and Leandro Trossard could join Romelu Lukaku in the last third of the field, while Leicester City's Timothy Castagne will take the position of left-back. Belgium is also expected to have a full-back trio - including Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen - while Kevin De Bruyne is likely to play midfield alongside Axel Witsel in midfield. Belgium kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 win over Denmark on 5 September before scoring a 5-1 home win over Iceland three days later. Belgium saw a 12-game streak that ended on Thursday as they held the Ivory Coast 1-1, although it was a heavily tested squad from Martinez at Stade Roi Baudouin. 




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