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England vs Belgium: When is the match, what time does it start and what channel is it on?

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Kobbie Mainoo (left), Cole Palmer, Marcus Rashford and John Stones could all feature against Belgium – Mike Egerton/PAEngland take on Belgium at Wembley in the second of two pre-Euro 2024 friendlies during this international window.The first friendly was against Brazil on Saturday night, where England lost 1-0.These fixtures are a chance for Gareth Southgate to experiment before picking his final 23-man party to fly to Germany for the start of the European Championship on June 14.However, they have been overshadowed by a St George’s Cross row sparked by kit manufacturer Nike’s decision to alter the English national flag on the back of the new England shirt. Read more latest news here.The new St George’s Cross has caused uproar – PA/NikeWhen do England play Belgium?Tuesday, March 26.What time does England vs Belgium start?Kick-off at 7.45pm (GMT).Where is the match being held?At Wembley, the home of English football. For the Brazil match on Saturday night the attendance was 84,595.What channel is it on TV?The match will be shown live on Channel 4.Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return to follow the game on our live blog, with commentary and analysis from our team of reporters at the ground.Who is in the England squadBukayo Saka and Harry Kane both withdrew from the England squad before the matches against Brazil and Belgium, with Kobbie Mainoo, the 18-year-old Manchester United midfielder called up.Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire joined the mounting absentee list after sustaining injuries in the defeat by Brazil.Sam Johnstone has also returned to Crystal Palace with an elbow problem and will be replaced by Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford. Manchester City’s Rico Lewis has also been drafted in.Jarrad Branthwaite and Anthony Gordon also received their first England call-ups but there is no place in the squad for Kalvin Phillips. Joe Gomez, who won the last of his 11 senior caps in October 2020, has returned from the international wilderness.Ivan Toney is back involved at the first opportunity after serving an eight-month Football Association betting ban, but Raheem Sterling is conspicuous by his absence once again.England squad to face Brazil and BelgiumGoalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), James Trafford (Burnley).Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Rico Lewis (Manchester City).Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Ajax), James Maddison (Tottenham Hotspur), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Declan Rice (Arsenal).Forwards: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) Phil Foden (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).Latest newsEngland’s stars will play the second half of Tuesday night’s friendly against Belgium with no names on the back of their shirts to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.The names will disappear from the England players’ shirts when they return to the pitch after half-time, drawing attention to how people with dementia lose memories, including the names of some of football’s biggest stars.Tuesday night’s match at Wembley has been dedicated as an ‘Alzheimer’s Society International’, as part of the Football Association’s official charity partnership, highlighting that football should be unforgettable.A report last year claimed that outfield footballers had a 1.6 increased risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia than the wider population, which has been linked to heading the ball.This will not be the first time England have worn nameless shirts, as they also appeared at the first Alzheimer’s Society international against Switzerland in 2022.Kate Lee, Alzheimer’s Society CEO: “We hope this striking gesture with the player’s shirts will once again get fans across the country talking, and thinking about the signs and symptoms of dementia.“By using football to shine a spotlight and increase awareness of dementia symptoms, we hope to not only encourage fans to donate towards our early diagnosis research, but also to support their loved ones just as much as they support their football team. This means taking crucial first steps in seeking a diagnosis if they suspect someone they care about may be affected. A diagnosis can be daunting but it’s better to know.”Visit alzheimers.org.uk/sports to use Alzheimer’s Society’s symptoms checklist, get further information and donate to help fund research into early diagnosis.England vs Belgium head-to-headThere have been 25 meetings between these sides, with England winning 16 to Belgium’s five. Four have ended in a draw.However, the last match ended with Belgium winning 2-0 in a Uefa Nations League clash in 2020, courtesy of goals from Dries Mertens and Youri Tielemans.PredictionEngland should win but Belgium, ranked No 4 in the world, one place below England, will test their resolve on home soil. England to win: 2-1

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