Sunday, 11 October 2020 20:02

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England came from behind to overcome the world's top-ranked team Belgium and record an important Uefa Nations League victory at Wembley.

Belgium took a lead their early superiority deserved when Romelu Lukaku sent England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford the wrong way after the striker had been brought down by Eric Dier's poor challenge.

England were on the back foot for most of the first half but were handed a lifeline back into the game six minutes before half-time when captain Jordan Henderson went down very easily in a tussle with Thomas Meunier, Marcus Rashford scoring from the spot.

Gareth Southgate's side enjoyed much more possession and territory after the break but needed a large slice of good fortune to take the lead after 64 minutes, Mason Mount's effort taking a decisive deflection off Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and looping over helpless keeper Simon Mignolet, inflicting Belgium's first loss in 14 games stretching back almost three years.

Meanwhile Wales remain unbeaten in the Nations League after they were held to a lifeless goalless draw away against the Republic of Ireland.

The main talking point of an uninspiring first half was a rejected penalty appeal for Wales after Ethan Ampadu was bundled over by Republic goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

It was not until the 55th minute that either team produced a genuine chance, with the Republic's Shane Long wastefully heading over from close range.

James McClean was sent off for the hosts after two yellow cards in quick succession towards the end of the game and, although Wales searched hopefully for a late winning goal, neither side really deserved to win an eminently forgettable encounter.

Having won both their first two matches of this Nations League campaign, Wales remain top of Group B4 with a trip to Bulgaria to come on Wednesday.