Welbeck goal seals England win
England had another injury scare at Wembley as Gary Cahill required an X-ray on his jaw after he was shoved into Joe Hart during the 1-0 friendly win over Belgium.
The incident occurred when Cahill was barged by Dries Mertens. With Joleon Lescott suffering a cut above his eye and skipper Steven Gerrard looking uncomfortable as he departed, it was a worrying end to a troublesome week for boss Roy Hodgson, who has already lost experienced central midfield duo Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry to injury.
At least there was something else to occupy his mind as he sweated on the outcome, though, as Danny Welbeck became England's youngest goalscorer since September 2008 and put himself in line for a starting berth in his team's Euro 2012 opener against France thanks to his well-taken first-half effort.
One moment stood out before the goal as the 21-year-old chased down a pretty hopeless cause, retrieving the ball by the goal-line and then rolling it back to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Making his first England start, the 18-year-old flashed a shot narrowly wide.
Sir Bobby Charlton was amongst those present to receive a special UEFA commemoration of his achievement of reaching 100 caps. And England's record goalscorer must have been appreciative of Welbeck's first international goal - a delightful left-footed dink over Simon Mignolet after being set free by Manchester United team-mate Ashley Young.
It was one of the few high spots in a feisty contest, the biggest cheer of which was for the appearance of another England centurion - David Beckham - at half-time. Gerrard's industry started the move Welbeck finished. He also had shocks blocked by Timmy Simons and Guillame Gillet in a frenzied spell towards the end of that first half.
Belgium's only opportunity of the first half was created for Axel Witsel by Mertens, who was also responsible for the incident that ended with Cahill needing his X-ray.
Partnering Chelsea team-mate John Terry at the heart of England's defence, Cahill was trying to shepherd the ball back to Hart when he was shoved in the back by Mertens and went crashing into his keeper. It was a nasty collision and Cahill did not even try to continue, looking groggy as he ruefully rubbed his jaw on the way off.
Hodgson brought on Wayne Rooney, utilising his star man for the first time, and the last until England face Ukraine on June 19, as Welbeck's input was brought to an end seven minutes after the restart.
Rooney ended the game as captain too, suggesting he will end up being Gerrard's deputy as skipper. Fellow substitute Jermain Defoe later almost profited from Theo Walcott's lay-off as he struck a post. Largely though, Belgium dominated, with Gillet firing a long-range effort against the outside of a post and Marouane Fellaini also coming close.
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