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Jack Grealish stars on the night as England crumbles to Belgium

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England’s hopes of qualifying for the Nations League finals were ended by defeat against Belgium in Leuven.

 

Gareth Southgate’s side had plenty of possession against the world’s top-ranked side but were toothless in attack and ultimately undone by two early goals.

 

Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans opened the scoring after 10 minutes when his 20-yard shot took a deflection off Tyrone Mings, and Dries Mertens doubled their advantage 13 minutes later with a superb free-kick after Declan Rice was harshly adjudged to have fouled Kevin de Bruyne.

 

Belgium’s second came after Romelu Lukaku had headed off the line brilliantly from Harry Kane, and while England spent much of the second half in their opponents’ half, they were unable to fashion the opportunities to work their way back into contention.

 

Defeat means England will not reach the finals after finishing third in 2019, when the inaugural showpiece was held in Portugal.

 

In the other match in group A2, Christian Eriksen scored twice to give Denmark a 2-1 victory over Iceland.

 

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was replaced at half-time as a precaution, while Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell limped off on 38 minutes with an apparent back injury.

 

Jack Grealish lit up the night for England, in what was an extremely frustrating loss against Belgium in the Nations League.

England beat their rivals earlier in the tournament at Wembley but found themselves behind to a Youri Tielemans goal after just 10 minutes on Sunday night.

After Romelu Lukaku denied Gareth Southgate’s side an equaliser, Dries Mertens made it 2-0 from a brilliant free-kick, although it probably shouldn’t have been a set piece in the first place.

 

The Three Lions eventually grew into the game and dominated possession for much of the game but couldn’t create much.

They were left reliant on Jack Grealish, making his first competitive start at long last, and the Aston Villa captain’s genius flick past Thomas Meunier the highlight of an excellent night for him.

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Uk government to allow 1000 fans to watch Anthony vs Pulev fight at wembley stadium

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One thousand fans will be allowed to watch the coming boxing big battle between English and Nigeria star Anthony Joshua and Bulgarian opponent Kubrat Pulev.

This will be the first time this year that the United Kingdom government will be allowing fans into the stadium since March due to the serious disturbance of deadly COVID-19. Coronavirus disturbed virtually all sporting activities in England and the rest of the world as the Premier League games was also stopped for three months. And since the return of football in England and other parts of the world, the English government are still locking all stadiums so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anthony Joshua will be putting his heavyweight titles on the line against Kubrat Pulev in a duel that will come up on December 12.

According to the report on Daily Mail, PDC chairman Barry Hearn explained that he is waiting for more information from the UK government. ‘We are geared up for fans to come back. If they give me 1,000 I will be over the moon but we waiting on more information from the government and health authorities. ‘We have got the AJ fight coming up as well without a ticketing agency, but believe you me we are standing by and waiting to press a big red button on my desk.” Anthony Joshua’s last professional fight was against Andy Ruiz and the 31-year-old did well to beat the Mexican and collected his titles back

One thousand fans will be allowed to watch the coming boxing big battle between English and Nigeria star Anthony Joshua and Bulgarian opponent Kubrat Pulev.

 

 

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