Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels when Belgium and England go head to head in the League A derby. The Red Devils aim to get their revenge on England for a 2-1 loss at Wembley Stadium, and a win over the Three Lions will see Roberto Martinez’s troops cement top position in the standings. Romelu Lukaku is rated doubtful for the game, while Kevin de Bruyne returns to the starting line-up after missing the October games through injury.
Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard has overcome his injury as well. England, on the other hand, will be without Liverpool rising star Trent Alexander-Arnold, who suffered an injury in the Premier League derby against Man City. Since England key players have been struggling to find their best forms at the start of the season, except for Harry Kane, we are tempted to put our money on the Group 2 leaders this time out. James and Maguire are both banned for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (England):
One of two oldest national football teams besides Scotland, England have been playing international matches since 1872, but the World Cup title won on home soil in 1966 remain their only major trophy up to date. The Three Lions narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup final, losing to Germany on penalties, while they were stopped in quarter-finals on no fewer than five occasions.
England twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but they have been pretty disappointing at the start of the 21st century, despite boasting arguably the strongest league competition in the world. Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore were among players who secured the first major international title, whereas Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all played an important role during the modern age.
Peter Shilton is the record holder with 125 caps for the national team, while Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the leading goalscorer in the England national team.