England continue their 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign on Sunday (5pm kick-off) when they welcome current Group A2 leaders Belgium to Wembley.
England XI: Pickford; Walker, Dier, Maguire; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Rice, Trippier; Mount, Calvert-Lewin, Rashford.
Belgium XI: Mignolet; Meunier, Alderweireld, Denayer, Boyata; Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Carrasco.
Where to watch England v Belgium on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Main Event
- US: TUDN USA, ESPN+
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England vs Belgium build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
The fixture pits the two group favourites against each other, with just two points currently separating the Three Lions from Sunday’s opponents after two matches.
Gareth Southgate’s side followed up an unconvincing win over Iceland with a concerning 0-0 draw against Denmark last month, while Belgium had no such issues claiming six points against the Nordic countries.
If ever there was a proverbial six-pointer in the Nations League group stages this would be it. A win for England would see them leapfrog Roberto Martinez’s side, but an away victory would widen the gap to five points all-but ending Southgate‘s hopes of a return to the Nations League finals next October.
- England (vs Denmark): Pickford; Gomez, Coady, Dier; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Phillips, Trippier; Sancho, Sterling, Kane.
- Belgium (vs Iceland): Casteels*; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, T Hazard*; Mertens, Doku, Batshuayi.
The only omissions from the previous Nations League squad are that of Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, while Raheem Sterling has withdrawn with a minor hamstring injury. Instead, Southgate has handed first call-ups to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harvey Barnes, as well as defensive duo Reece James and Bukayo Saka.
For Belgium Thorgan Hazard is currently sidelined after picking up an injury playing for Borussia Dortmund, but Martinez has included his brother, Eden, who has struggled for playing time this season for Real Madrid with an ankle agitation. Koen Casteels has dropped out of the squad to witness the birth of his child.
Players to watch:
- England: Southgate’s tactics against Denmark were called into question, as the England manager effectively deployed two defensive midfielders, with a three-man defence, which raised eyebrows against a nation that many felt were an inferior opponent. His overcautious approach would perhaps be more fitting for Belgium, who boast the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden and Thorgan Hazard among others. Whether or not he chooses to stick with this system remains to be seen, but one player who should have an important role nonetheless is Declan Rice. The West Ham midfielder has been criticised at international level, but his reading of the game and positional awareness are exactly what is needed against a side as potent and devastating going forward as Belgium. He will bring composure and strength to the middle of the pitch, which could work well to combat the threat of De Bruyne.
- Belgium: Harry Kane had netted in six successive games (all Euro 2020 qualifiers) prior to last month’s Nations League matches and he will be desperate to renew his clinical streak in competitive international fixtures. Martinez will be wary of this threat but has the benefit of having Toby Alderweireld in his ranks. The Tottenham centre-back is well-acquainted with Kane and will have tussled with the England forward on many occasions on the training ground at club level. These two squared up previously in the 2018 World Cup third place play-off, and Alderweireld got the better of his teammate on that day in a 2-0 win. Martinez will be hoping for a repeat.