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England 2 Belgium 2: Jude Bellingham’s last-gasp leveller saves Gareth Southgate’s blushes after lacklustre display

ENGLAND vs BELGIUM

If Gareth Southgate wanted a perfect warm-up for Euro 2024, then he certainly did not get it against Brazil and Belgium.

Yet at least Ivan Toney proved why he must go on the plane to Germany – and thank goodness we have Jude Bellingham in the team.

Brentford striker Toney was making only his second England appearance following a betting ban.

But on this performance alone, which featured another lesson in the art of penalty taking, Toney proved why he must be Harry Kane’s deputy in Germany.

Toney’s goal from the spot was sandwiched by two goals from Youri Tielemans with Belgium causing a few problems even though this team is no longer golden.

With virtually the last kick of the ball, Bellingham – having wasted a couple of decent chances – pulled England level for a draw they deserved even though this was hardly impressive.

Here was a reminder that Southgate’s team, despite a huge number of fitness problems, should not be expected to breeze into the final on July 14, particularly with two huge issues in central midfield and at left-back.

Finally, though, at least England have some sort of back-up for Kane, even though we are probably knackered at the Euros if he is missing.

Because as he stared into the eyes of Belgian keeper Matz Sels in the 17th minute, there was absolutely no chance Toney was going to miss from the spot.

SOURCE – England 2 Belgium 2: Jude Bellingham’s last-gasp leveller saves Gareth Southgate’s blushes after lacklustre display | The Sun