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England, wearing shirts without a player’s name, equalize late in a friendly against Belgium

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On Tuesday, England played a special friendly match against Belgium at Wembley. Jude Bellingham ended up making it 2-2 in a game that was all about the fight against dementia. This is why England played without shirt names in the second half.

At first glance there was nothing strange to see; National team coach Gareth Southgate’s team started simply with plain shirts. It didn’t go very well. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kicked the ball and delivered it to Belgium. Youri Tielemans took advantage and managed to slide the ball into the empty goal: 0-1.

A little later, Ivan Toney scored the equalizer and his first international goal. The Brentford striker has also returned to England’s national team after his suspension. Toney called for a penalty and took it flawlessly. Before halftime, the Belgians took the lead again with a goal from Tielemans, who scored after a great pass from Romelu Lukaku.

Jude Bellingham equalizes late on

This score stayed on the scoreboard for a long time and Belgium looked set to win at Wembley in their ‘Tintin uniforms’. After the last attack, the Belgians ignored Bellingham and he scored the equalizer from about 11 meters.

Why did England play without shirt names in the second half against Belgium?

This was the result of a partnership between the Football Association (FA) and the Alzheimer’s Society, a UK-based dementia care and research charity. The names of the players disappeared to draw attention to how people with dementia lose precious memories, in this example even the names of their favorite football players.

Memory loss is one of the most common symptoms of dementia. With this activity, the FA and the Alzheimer’s Society want to increase people’s awareness to seek a diagnosis if they find signs in themselves or in their loved ones. The competition shirts will be auctioned and the money will go to Alzheimer’s Society research.

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