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England 3-0 Belgium: Chloe Kelly scores on England return in victory

Chloe Kelly
Chloe Kelly suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in 2021 but returned at the end of this season

Chloe Kelly marked her return to the international stage with a goal as England began their final preparations for Euro 2022 with victory over Belgium.

Manchester City winger Kelly, who suffered a serious knee injury and last played for England a year ago, cut inside to fire in a deflected opener.

Rachel Daly’s volley made it 2-0 and Leah Williamson smashed in a third late on as England eventually capitalised on their dominance.

Victory at Molineux marked the first of three friendlies for England before the Euros.

Sarina Wiegman’s side, who remain unbeaten under her management, were comfortably the better team in Wolverhampton but failed to take numerous chances in the first half.

Georgia Stanway, Williamson and Lauren Hemp all came close before substitute Kelly showed a burst of pace to beat the full-back and her powerful strike was deflected heavily into the bottom corner.

Daly, also on as a second-half substitute, pounced on a loose ball from a corner to double England’s lead and they moved further clear when Williamson smashed a rebound into the roof of the net.

Belgium rarely troubled England but did come close in the first half when Feli Delacauw was unmarked as she sliced it wide of the far post.

The hosts, who play their first match of the Euros against Austria at Old Trafford on 6 July, wore black armbands as a tribute to Wiegman’s sister, who died earlier this month.

For their final pre-tournament friendlies, they take on defending European champions the Netherlands at Leeds’ Elland Road on Friday, 24 June before travelling to Switzerland on Thursday, 30 June.

More to follow.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

England

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Earps
  • 2BronzeBooked at 49mins
  • 5Bright
  • 6Wubben-MoySubstituted forGreenwoodat 45′minutes
  • 3StokesSubstituted forDalyat 45′minutes
  • 8Williamson
  • 4Walsh
  • 7MeadSubstituted forKellyat 45′minutes
  • 10StanwaySubstituted forKirbyat 61′minutes
  • 11HempSubstituted forParrisat 81′minutes
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forEnglandat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Daly
  • 13Hampton
  • 14Kirby
  • 15Toone
  • 16Greenwood
  • 17Parris
  • 18Kelly
  • 19England
  • 20Scott
  • 21Roebuck
  • 22Russo

Belgium

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Evrard
  • 22Deloose
  • 19KeesSubstituted forTisonat 45′minutes
  • 18De NeveSubstituted forTysiakat 45′minutes
  • 2PhiltjensSubstituted forMissipoat 61′minutes
  • 5WijnantsSubstituted forVangheluweat 73′minutes
  • 20BiesmansSubstituted forVanmechelenat 73′minutes
  • 7DelacauwSubstituted forDhontat 61′minutes
  • 16Minnaert
  • 6De Caigny
  • 9Wullaert

Substitutes

  • 3Vangheluwe
  • 4Tysiak
  • 8Onzia
  • 10Vanmechelen
  • 11Tison
  • 12Lemey
  • 13Eurlings
  • 14Van Kerkhoven
  • 15Janssens
  • 17Dhont
  • 21Lichtfus
  • 23Missipo
Referee:
Sara Persson

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home25
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 3, Belgium Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 3, Belgium Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Charlotte Tison.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Davinia Vanmechelen (Belgium Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Belgium Women. Tessa Wullaert tries a through ball, but Elena Dhont is caught offside.

  6. Goal!

    Own Goal by Nicky Evrard, Belgium Women. England 3, Belgium Women 0.

  7. Post update

    Leah Williamson (England) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (England) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Greenwood with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Amber Tysiak.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Nikita Parris replaces Lauren Hemp.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bethany England (England) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lauren Hemp with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elena Dhont (Belgium Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tessa Wullaert (Belgium Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Elena Dhont.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leah Williamson (England) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chloe Kelly.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chloe Kelly (England).

  16. Post update

    Laura Deloose (Belgium Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Belgium Women. Jody Vangheluwe replaces Sarah Wijnants.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Belgium Women. Davinia Vanmechelen replaces Julie Biesmans.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bethany England (England) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lauren Hemp with a cross.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! England 2, Belgium Women 0. Rachel Daly (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a corner.

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