Belgium end England's Nations League hopes

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England's slim hopes of returning to the UEFA Nations League finals came to an end as they were beaten 2-0 by hosts Belgium in Group A2.

First-half strikes from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens proved enough to sink Gareth Southgate's side, who were without the likes of Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire.

Tielemans grabbed the opener after 10 minutes and, after Harry Kane - making his 50th England appearance - had an effort cleared off the line.

World No.1 Belgium doubled their lead courtesy of a brilliant Mertens free-kick.

Two Christian Eriksen penalties earned Denmark a narrow 2-1 win over Iceland and gives them hope of overhauling the Belgians when the top two meet on Wednesday.

The Danes' hopes appeared to have been extinguished when Vidar Kjartansson equalised for the visitors in the 85th minute, but Eriksen made the most of a second spot-kick opportunity deep in injury time.

Short-handed Italy moved to the top of Group A1 after a 2-0 win over 10-man Poland.

An early Jorginho penalty and a second-half strike from Domenico Berardi clinched victory for the Italians, while Poland had Jacek Goralski sent off late on.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice as the Netherlands got their campaign back on track with a 3-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Wijnaldum scored both his goals in the opening 14 minutes before Memphis Depay added a third, while Smail Prevljak scored a late consolation for Bosnia.

Scotland missed a chance to clinch top spot in Group B2 when they lost 1-0 to Slovakia while the Czech Republic accounted for Israel by the same score.

Wales stayed top of Group B4 with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland while Finland accounted for Bulgaria 2-1.

Two late goals consigned Northern Ireland to a 2-1 defeat in Austria and likely relegation in Group B1 while Romania could be awarded a 3-0 win for their cancelled match with Norway after the the Norwegian squad was quarantined and barred from travelling due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Turkey hit back to beat 10-man Russia 3-2 in a match which hinged on an early red card for Andrey Semenov while Hungary and Serbia drew 1-1 in Group B3.

Slovenia's 2-1 win over Kosovo kept them top of Group C3 ahead of Greece, who defeated Moldova 2-0.

Belarus remain Group C4 leaders with a 2-0 defeat of Lithuania while Albania are second after beating Kazakhstan 3-1.

North Macedonia and Armenia both scored 2-1 wins over Estonia and Georgia respectively in Group C2.