Just days after beating Belgium in one of England’s better recent performances, how did the Lionesses lose 3-2 in Leuven – and is it indicative of wider issues?
In a topsy-turvy game in Belgium, Laura De Neve’s free-kick saw the Red Flames ahead. But two quick goals from Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby – scoring on her first international start in over a year – saw England in front.
Tessa Wullaert then scored twice – once at the end of the first half and again from the penalty spot after Georgia Stanway’s handball – to see Belgium to a famous victory.
It has made England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals – and the 2024 Olympics – that much harder, with the Lionesses now third in Group A1.
But just how did Sarina Wiegman’s side go from winning 1-0 in Leicester on Friday, to a dismal 3-2 defeat four days later against the same opposition.
What has happened to England’s defence?