Kyle Walker produced a great individual display as the Man City defender helped England record a crucial 2-1 UEFA Nations League group win over Etihad teammate Kevin De Bruyne’s Belgium.
De Bruyne, who skippered the Red Devils, and Walker made key contributions in what was an interesting encounter with the Three Lions coming from behind to punish and put a first loss on Belgium in two years.
Despite a solid opening 45 for De Bryune, the City midfielders vision instigated the move that saw the visitors take a 15th minute lead from the penalty spot after Romelu Lukaku was brought down by Eric Dier.
Walker capped another impressive night’s work with a vital block to deny Lukaku late in the second half before substitute Harry Kane spurned a golden chance to head home a third goal for England. It seems certain Walker is one of Gareth Southgate’s first names on the team sheet.
The Three Lions held on though to secure the win over the FIFA’s number one ranked country and so move top of Group A2 with seven points from three games – one ahead of Belgium.
In France, Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias both started as Portugal held to a goalless draw away at France in group A3. Joao Cancelo was a late substitute for the visitors.
Meanwhile, City defender Nathan Ake came on as late second half substitute as the Netherlands drew 0-0 away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in their latest Group A1 encounter.
A solid week of outings for Manchester City players. Best news of all, they will all return healthy and free of injuries.