LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Danny Welbeck of England celebrates after scoring the first goal of the match during the international friendly match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

England Vs. Belgium: Three Lions Snatch 1-0 Win

England looked unimpressive but defended well and made the most of their few opportunities to beat Belgium 1-0.

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England Vs. Belgium: Danny Welbeck Gives England 1-0 Win

In a word, unimpressive. England and Belgium partook in a rather-less-friendly-than-you-might-expect at Wembley Stadium as Roy Hodgson and company looked to prepare for the European Championship Finals, and the hosts put in a stodgy, but ultimately effective performance to see off their guests 1-0.

It was not an exciting game. Before Danny Welbeck opened the scoring after a deft 1-2 with Ashley Young and a neat chip over Simon Mignolet, the most exciting moment came when Dries Mertens pushed Gary Cahill into Joe Hart and then slotted into the open goal. His strike, of course, was called off for the blatant foul, and Cahill ended up heading out with an injury.

Belgium were playing an incredibly odd system without anything approaching a true striker and were therefore having trouble getting anything in the way of penetration. For much of the match, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini was the furthest black shirt forward, and, unsurprisingly, that meant that the visitors were able to do very little with their possession.

They also had a hilarious back line of Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Timmy Simons and Guillaume Gillet, so it was a little bit surprising that England didn't push them a little bit harder. But Welbeck's goal was enough, and despite Belgium switching to a 4-4-2 by bringing on Romelu Lukaku in the late stages of the first half, England held out well enough.

Jermaine Defoe could have wrapped things up as the game marched toward injury time, but his shot clattered off the woodwork with 82 minutes on the clock. Gillet had previously clipped Hart's post with a wonderful try from outside the box.

All in all, a good enough performance to beat Belgium. Is that going to be enough at the Euros? Probably not.


England Vs. Belgium: Lineups

Lineups have been announced for England's friendly against Belgium, where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck have been handed starts as Roy Hodgson attempts to tune his squad in preparation for Euro 2012. Steven Gerrard captains the side from the central midfield, although James Milner might be starting deep with Gerrard advanced instead.

Belgium, meanwhile, appear to be playing an odd game with their team shape -- I'm not seeing a sensible right back option in their starting eleven, which means we're probably looking at a back three of Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany. Meanwhile, nearly-Chelsea man Eden Hazard will be playing as a false nine. In other words, Belgium appear to be doing a very odd Barcelona impression. This should be fun.

England (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Ashley Cole, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson; Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker; James Milner, Ashley Young, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Danny Welbeck.

Belgium (3-4-3): Simon Mignolet; Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany; Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel, Guillaume Gillet, Moussa Dembele; Kevin Miralles, Eden Hazard, Dries Martens.

Update: Vincent Kompany has been injured in the warmup.


England Vs. Belgium, 2012 International Friendly: Game Time, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

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