Soccer England Beats Belgium in Final Euro Warm-up

Welbeck netted in the 36th minute after being fed by Ashley Young on just his second England start in the team's final Euro 2012 warm-up match.

England striker Danny Welbeck boosted his chances of earning a starting place at the European Championship by scoring his first international goal in a 1-0 victory over Belgium in a friendly on Saturday.

Welbeck netted in the 36th minute after being fed by Ashley Young on just his second England start in the team's final Euro 2012 warm-up match.

Coach Roy Hodgson is looking for a striker to lead the forward line at Euro 2012, with Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two group stage matches against France and Sweden.

But Hodgson's second successive victory as England manager may have come at a cost, with injury scares for both central defenders. Gary Cahill had a precautionary x-ray on his jaw after he was pushed into goalkeeper Joe Hart by Dries Mertens in the first half and had to be substituted. John Terry was also sent for a precautionary scan on a hamstring after coming off with 20 minutes to go.

Injuries have disrupted Hodgson's plans throughout the week, with central midfielders Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard ruled out of Euro 2012.

While Hodgson stuck with the central defensive partnership of captain Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker against Belgium, 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was given a first start on the left wing.