England 1 Belgium 0
England 1 Belgium 0, Wembley Stadium, International Friendly Match, June 2, 2012. England recorded yet another narrow victory as they defeated Belgium 1-0. In front of an 85,000 crowd at Wembley, Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck hit the winning and only goal of the international friendly match with a suberb finish in the 36th minute of play.
England had narrowly beaten Norway by a 1-0 score at the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo the weekend before, while Belgium had only managed a 2-2 draw against the minnows of Montenegro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussel in their last fixture. The Belgian side dominated possession during the opening thirty minutes of the clash, but their finishing was mediocre. Marc Wilmots´s players had the ball in the net after seventeen minutes of action, though, but Dries Mertens’s goal was rightfully ruled out by match official Peter Rasmussen for a push on Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill. Then, in the 36th minute of the contest, Danny Welbeck latched on to a brilliant through pass from fellow Manchester United teammate Ashley Young before he beautifully chipped the ball over a completely helpless Simon Mignolet in the Belgium goal. Old Trafford marksman Wayne Rooney eventually came off the obscurity of the substitutes´ bench to replace goal scorer Welbeck early in the second half but he failed to make any serious impact on the game. After edging out The Red Devils of Belgium by a 1-0 margin at Wembley, The Three Lions would now go to the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine on the back of two successive friendly victories. England Team: Joe Hart, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Ashley Young, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker. Substitutes: Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Theo Walcott, Phil Jones, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Jack Butland, Robert Green. Belgium Team: Simon Mignolet, Guillaume Gillet, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Timmy Simons, Axel Witsel, Kevin Mirallas, Dries Mertens. Substitutes: Denis Odoi, Sebastien Pocognoli, Nacer Chadli, Benjamin De Ceulaer, Steven Defour, Jelle Vossen, Radja Nainggolan, Christian Benteke, Igor De Camargo, Romelu Lukaku, Olivier Renard.