England secured a brilliant 2-1 win over Belgium in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday night.
The Three Lions came into the game at Wembley Stadium as distinctive underdogs having struggled against Iceland and Denmark in their previous two games in the competition.
That’s not to mention the fact that Belgium are ranked by FIFA as the best team in the world and secured two World Cup victories over England at the 2018 tournament alone.
England 2-1 Belgium
Gareth Southgate’s men looked to have their backs against the wall early on, too, with the Red Devils coming a linesman’s flag away from opening the scoring through Yannick Carrasco.
But there was refereeing intervention of a crueller kind just minutes later as Eric Dier felled Romelu Lukaku to concede a penalty, which the fouled player duly converted with aplomb.
However, fast-forward to the second-half and England completed the turnaround with Mason Mount benefitting from a deflection off Toby Alderweireld’s leg to put the hosts 2-1 up.
England’s first-half penalty
That’s all well and good, but how did England go from having their defence pummelled minute after minute to scoring the goal that saw them overtake Belgium in their UEFA Nations League group?
Well, it revolves around the fact England bagged themselves a penalty of their own to ensure the scores were level going into the half-time break.
Although plenty of supporters will unabashedly opine that England were rightfully given a spot kick, let’s just say that the incident involving Jordan Henderson wasn’t exactly a stone-waller.
The offending party was Thomas Meunier who clearly had his hand on the Liverpool captain as he made a run towards the six-yard box but, yeh ermmm, the reaction was somewhat dramatic.
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Meunier mocks Henderson
Nevertheless, the referee deemed it sufficient to award a penalty and Marcus Rashford extended his incredible week after earning an MBE by converting past Simon Mignolet from 12 yards.
Case closed then, right? Well, not exactly, because it’s clear that Meunier was still feeling aggrieved about the decision that earned him a yellow card as he consulted Henderson at full-time.
But alas, the Borussia Dortmund man didn’t just have a friendly chat with his England adversary, he literally reenacted the incident and then proceeded to mock how Henderson went to ground.
You can check out the amusing clip down below: