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England beat their rivals earlier in the tournament at Wembley but found themselves behind to a Youri Tielemans goal after just 10 minutes on Sunday night.
After Romelu Lukaku denied Gareth Southgate's side an equaliser, Dries Mertens made it 2-0 from a brilliant free-kick, although it probably shouldn't have been a set piece in the first place.
The Three Lions eventually grew into the game and dominated possession for much of the game but couldn't create much.
They were left reliant on Jack Grealish, making his first competitive start at long last, and the Aston Villa captain's genius flick past Thomas Meunier was the highlight of an excellent night for him.
Grealish that is fucking dirty pic.twitter.com/AJvIaMT0uE- Jedz:ocean: (@Jedzzzzzzz) November 15, 2020
Great personality Jack Grealish :clap:- Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) November 15, 2020
Love watching @JackGrealish, such a delightful footballer.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 15, 2020
Magic from Grealish- Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) November 15, 2020
Grealish that was disgraceful you need to apologise to the poor bloke- ' (@vintageredss) November 15, 2020
If Ronaldinho had just pulled off what Jack Grealish has done there for England it would be really weird because he is 40, retired and not eligible to play for England- Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) November 15, 2020
That turn from Grealish :heart::heart::heart:- Max Rushden (@maxrushden) November 15, 2020
England tonight, with the exception of Grealish, have been the dictionary definition of meh.- David Baddiel (@Baddiel) November 15, 2020
Southgate on the Sidelines watching this Grealish masterclass pic.twitter.com/VeJHikQGkU- M (@GreaIishhh) November 15, 2020
That is Bergkamp-esque from Grealish. Unreal pic.twitter.com/3ouqFIBwj7- GoonerViews (@GoonerViews) November 15, 2020
Grealish's inclusion in an England squad took longer to come than most expected and he was called up in September for the Nations League games.
He managed just 14 minutes as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Denmark. He was called up again in October and put in a man of the match performance in the win over Wales.
Finally his performance in midweek against Republic of Ireland did earn him a place in that starting line up and the 25-year-old impressed in a side that largely lacked enough creativity to trouble the world's number one ranked side.
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