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Welbeck secures England victory against Belgium

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 20.45CET
England 1-0 Belgium 
Danny Welbeck's solitary strike ensured Roy Hodgson's side concluded their UEFA EURO 2012 preperations with a win.
Welbeck secures England victory against Belgium
Danny Welbeck's delicate chip secured a hard-fought victory ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 20.45CET

Welbeck secures England victory against Belgium

England 1-0 Belgium 
Danny Welbeck's solitary strike ensured Roy Hodgson's side concluded their UEFA EURO 2012 preperations with a win.

Roy Hodgson experienced his first Wembley victory as England overcame Belgium 1-0 in their final game before UEFA EURO 2012.

Nine days ahead of their Group D opener against France in Donetsk, Roy Hodgson named a strong lineup. Scott Parker returned to fortify England's injury-ravaged midfield, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added impetus to the attack on his first senior start. Another livewire, Danny Welbeck, proved the match-winner with a deft first-half finish.

Boasting composure beyond his years, Arsenal FC teenager Oxlade-Chamberlain almost made an immediate impact but skewed wide following James Milner's cutback. His exuberant aura came to the fore seven minutes later as well, following neat work from Welbeck, although his fierce strike lacked direction.

The values Hodgson is endeavouring to instil among his players were evident as the hosts maintained a staunch defensive shape. That threatened to be broken, however, when some probing passing resulted in an opening for Axel Witsel, but the midfielder blazed over from 25 metres.

Just as the carnival atmosphere inside Wembley threatened to diminish, England broke free from the shackles of paralysis and took the lead. Welbeck hectored and harried Belgium into submission and, after retrieving possession, latched on to Ashley Young's incisive pass, before delicately lifting the ball over Simon Mignolet.

The early stages of the second half bore a striking resemblance to the first as Belgium refused to abandon their patient approach and England remained resolute in defence. Eden Hazard forced Joe Hart into action with a curling effort, before Marouane Fellaini turned inside the area and sent a low shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Despite the introduction of Wayne Rooney, Belgium continued to press and were almost rewarded for their ambition when Guillaume Gillet ventured forward from his right-back position and struck a firm effort against a post. Jermain Defoe followed suit at the other end moments later, and England held out for a morale-boosting win.

 
Last updated: 03/06/12 2.08CET

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Lineups

England

England

Belgium

Belgium

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
2
A. ColeAshley Cole
2
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
3
TerryJohn Terry
Substitution70
3
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
4
JohnsonGlen Johnson
4
SimonsTimmy Simons
5
CahillGary Cahill
Substitution19
5
GilletGuillaume Gillet
6
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution83
6
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
7
YoungAshley Young
Substitution66
7
WitselAxel Witsel
8
MilnerJames Milner
8
HazardEden Hazard
9
ParkerScott Parker
Yellow Card30
9
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution59
10
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution67
10
DembéléMousa Dembélé
11
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Goal36
Substitution53
11
MertensDries Mertens
Yellow Card17
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
LescottJoleon Lescott
Substitution19
12
ChadliNacer Chadli
Substitution59
13
RooneyWayne Rooney
Substitution53
13
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution72
14
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution66
15
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution67
16
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
Substitution70
17
HendersonJordan Henderson
Substitution83

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Niels Hoeg (DEN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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