Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck struck the winner for England in victory over Belgium last night.

Welbeck raced onto Ashley Young's precise through-ball before dinking smartly over Simon Mignolet on 36 minutes to give England a lead they seldom looked likely to surrender.

Guillaume Gillet shaved the upright with a long-range strike and seemingly Tottenham-bound Jan Vertonghen headed over as Belgium searched for an equaliser, while substitute Jermain Defoe almost added a second for England as he struck the post after beating Mignolet.

England boss Roy Hodgson said: "I'm very pleased, it's been a hard week.

"There was a lot of disruption in the second half, some forced upon us, some we wanted to do.

"It was a very good Belgium side - arguably stronger than Norway."