The action began with a 2-1 victory for England against Nigeria at Wembley as the Three Lions continued their preparations for the World Cup, with captain Harry netting the winner.
Right-back Kieran saw an early free-kick acrobatically saved before taking the resulting corner, from which Chelsea’s Gary Cahill headed in the opener. Harry fired in a low shot soon afterwards and although Nigeria, who included our former Academy player William Troost-Ekong in their side, pulled a goal back early in the second period, the hosts saw out the victory.
Four of our five players in the squad started for Gareth Southgate’s men – Harry, Kieran, Eric Dier and Dele Alli – with left-back Danny Rose coming on as a substitute mid-way through the second half. Harry was substituted on 73 minutes, handing the armband to Eric, with Dele following soon afterwards.
In Brussels, centre-back Jan, already Belgium’s most-capped player of all time, brought up his 100th game in his nation’s colours with a 90-minute stint in a goalless draw with Portugal. Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele joined him in the starting line-up, Toby completing the full match with Mousa one of four players substituted at half-time.
Elsewhere, young defender Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 61 minutes for USA as they suffered a late 2-1 defeat away to Republic of Ireland.
The next international action for our players comes on Wednesday night as Belgium host Egypt. The World Cup begins on Thursday 14 June in Russia.