Early goals by Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens earned Belgium a comfortable 2-0 win over England to strengthen its grip on top spot in Group A2 while ending the visitor’s hopes of reaching the Nations League Finals in Leuven on Sunday.

England had to win to put itself back in with a chance of winning the group, but Gareth Southgate’s side found itself chasing the game after Tielemans put the host in front after 10 minutes.

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Harry Kane had an effort cleared off the line soon after but it got even worse for England when Mertens curled home a delightful free kick after 23 minutes.

Belgium, the world’s top-ranked side, held on with few real alarms against an unimaginative England side which enjoyed plenty of possession without creating many clear chances.

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side must now only avoid defeat on Wednesday…

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