Last night saw England’s B team lose 1-0 to Belgium’s B team as the dead rubber in World Cup Group G played out in mediocre fashion. Belgium now top the group and face Japan in the next round whilst England, in second, now have the arguably easier route to the semi-finals at least.
There were plenty of top performances in the Belgium side. Dedryck Boyata of Celtic was excellent at the back, Adnan Januzaj looked reborn on the right and Marouane Fellaini looked like the Everton version in midfield. But, undoubtedly the best performance from the Red Devils came from a Tottenham Hotspur player.
Mousa Dembele ran the show from the centre of midfield. The Tottenham maestro simply left England’s midfield chasing shadows for much of the game, as he has done to Premier League defences for years now.
Even the immensely physically gifted Ruben Loftus-Cheek found himself shrugged off the ball by Dembele with consummate ease.
The sheer brilliance of the midfielder, named the best player at Tottenham by any Spurs player you dare to ask, mirrored the limited ability of his co-worker Eric Dier in the England middle.
It is a crying shame that Dembele may leave Tottenham this summer. With his contract situation becoming difficult, Spurs are considering his sale. Teams in China are keen on concluding a deal, as well as some in Italy.
Wherever he does decide to go, they are getting their hands on one of Europe’s finest midfield operators…
You can only truly appreciate just how wonderful a midfielder Mousa Dembele is when he’s on the side of the opposition.
— Ricky Sacks ? (@RickSpur) June 28, 2018
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) June 28, 2018
Absolutely spot on Ricky, Dembele is an awesome player, who I personally, don’t think can ever be truly replaced? #longlivetheking
— Graham Towner (@thfc2003) June 28, 2018
Playing against Dembele is so frustrating, how do the rest of the Prem cope
— Shelbie ???????? (@Shelbie_THFC) June 28, 2018
— Talking Tottenham (@jamesjohn_thfc) June 28, 2018
— bussy (@200Buss) June 28, 2018
Mousa Dembele has been an absolute rock in that Belgian midfield. ?
— ? (@ca_thfc) June 28, 2018
— Paddy Hickey (@thatsuitbloke) June 28, 2018
I’m gonna miss Dembélé if he leaves Spurs next year… he’s so underrated and would walk into most teams in the world
— Gary (@GazzaTHFC) June 28, 2018
— James McClure (@jamesmcclure27) June 28, 2018
— Tahir Iqbal (@Tahir_E17) June 28, 2018