Roy’s Boys Humbled in Dutch Defeat

The Netherlands came from a goal behind to defeat England 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, in the final friendly game for the 3 Lions before Euro 2016 this summer.

England named a much-changed side to that which defeated Germany 3-2 in Berlin on Saturday evening, with only Danny Rose, Chris Smalling and Adam Lallana maintaining their places in Hodgson’s squad.

After a somewhat slow start to the struggling Dutch, Jamie Vardy added to his debut goal in Berlin by finishing off a fantastic period of passing football by England, giving them a 1-0 lead as they went into half time.

However, the Dutch won a penalty early in the second half after Danny Rose was deemed to have handled to ball in the area. From the following spot-kick, Vincent Janssen scored to level the game.

England began to create a few more chances, replicating some of the fluid movements seen against the Germans on Saturday. Daniel Sturridge forced a good save from Zoet at his near post, before Lallana and Barkley combined well, only for the former to curl wide of the post.

Theo Walcott, having replaced Daniel Sturridge, also had a good chance after being played through by Stones. However, the Arsenal man had his shot blocked by Daley Blind.

The Dutch then took the lead in the 77th minute in controversial fashion. Janssen appeared to knock Jagielka off the ball, before squaring it for an unmarked Narsingh to slot it in. Despite appeals for a foul to be given, the goal stood and the Netherlands went on to complete only their 4th victory in the 8 games Danny Blind has been manager.

Roy Hodgson was disappointed in his side’s lack of creativity, slating the team for being too poor both in attack and defence.

The defeat has brought England fans crashing back to reality, after what was such an encouraging performance in Berlin.

England’s squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France is set to be announced on May 12th.



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