Lacklustre England defeated by Dutch in final game before Euro squad announcement

Lacklustre England defeated by Dutch in final game before Euro squad announcement
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Roy Hodgson now has a tough job in deciding his final 23-man squad to take the the European Championships in France, and there will be a couple of players worried about their place after tonight's below-average performance. 

Disappointing result for a lacklustre England side, losing 2-1 to Netherlands. Jame Vardy gave England the lead on the stroke of half-time but a second-half come back from the Dutch saw them win the game. 

90+3: Full-time! 

90+2: Netherlands sub: Southampton's Jordy Clasie replaces Janssen.

89: The Dutch are keeping the ball well and look to have secured the game. Three minutes of added-time for England to stage another come back.

84: Kane turns and fires an effort just wide with his left foot. Meanwhile, Eric Dier replaces Drinkwater. Can he repeat his heroics from Saturday night?

82: England substitution: Dele Alli replaces Milner - who, like Sturridge, has failed to have much of an impact on the game. 

More on goal: Janssen gets that better of Jagielka and squares to Narsingh who scores from a tight angle. Looked like a foul on Jagielka and the England players are furious.


73: Excellent touch from Kane to control a flick-on from a corner, but his effort is blocked by the impressive Bruma. 

70: England substitutions: Harry Kane and Phil Jagielka replace Adam Lallana and Chris Smalling respectively. England potentially going wih a 4-4-2 formation again.

69: Referee waves away another penalty appeal as Willems appears to clip Walcott as he tries to get on the end of a Stones pass.

68: Walcott drives at the Dutch defence after getting away from Willems, but his effort sails high over the bar. 

62: Great block by Blind to deny a goal-bound effort from Walcott. 

61: Excellent save by Zoet! The Dutch keeper has to be at full-stretch to reach a Vardy effort which appeared to betravelling towards the top corner. 

60: England have reverted to a 4-3-3 formation with Walcott out on the right, Lallana on the left and Vardy as the lone striker.

58: First yellow card of the game goes to Jeffrey Bruma for bringing down Vardy as the forward attempted to get in behind. Meanwhile, Walcott replaces Sturridge and Clyne replaces Rose at left-back. Sturridge had failed to make an impact on the game - his first international appearance for 18 months.

Theo Walcott and Nathaniel Clyne preparing to come on for England.

54: The Dutch look most likely to score here as Narsingh has a deflected effort from 25-yards which Forster grabs at the second attempt.

Slightly harsh decision against Rose on his second international start. However, Janssen expertly fires the ball into the top left-hand corner from 12-yards.

51: GOAL! Janssen scores from the spot.

50: Penalty to Netherlands! Referee points to the spot after adjudging Rose to have handled in the box.

49: Great burst forward by Barkley, after playing a one-two with Smalling, culminates with Lallana curling wide.

No changes from either side at the break, although Danny Blind was forced to make a change in the first-half, replacing the injured Promes with Narsingh - a straight swap on the right wing. 

46: Netherlands get the second-half underway.

Netherlands did trouble Forster on a few occasions - particularly through Wijnaldum and Janssen - but will need to improve to find a way back into this game. Second-half underway soon. 

The England midfield took a while to get into the game, especially with Milner struggling to keep hold of possession in the early stages. Drinkwater - on his international debut - has performed well and Barkley has looked threatening on occasion. Lallana has also showed some signs of intent. 

Much slower tempo to this game than the one three days ago, but England just about deserve their lead - given to them by Jamie Vardy five minutes before the break. Netherlands have defended very deep and England have not been allowed to utilise the pace of the full-backs and Vardy as much, and the goal came from the first time the Three Lions managed to get in behind the Dutch back four. 

46+1: Half-time! 

46: One-minute to be added on at the end of the first half - which England have just edged in terms of quality. 

More on goal: Excellent intricate passing from England sees Lallana play Walker through on goal, and he in turn puts the ball on a plate for Vardy who taps into the goal from six yards. 


39: More good approach play from England ends with Milner's cross evading everyone. 

38: Barkley has a powerful shot from 25 yards and only just misses the right-hand post! England have improved significantly in the last ten minutes.

37: Holland substitution: Promes is replaced by Narsingh for Holland. Promes had struggled following a challenge from Rose ten minutes earlier and had been limping since then. 

35: Close control from Afellay gets the Stoke midfielder away from Drinkwater but his pass out wide for Memphis is poor as Holland attempted to form a counter-attack. 

32: Good play from England down the left leads to Rose setting up Sturridge, his effort is blocked. England then win a corner which results in an effort from Stones which is cleared away from Janssen just in front of goal.

29: Much better play from England as they create space for Vardy to run into but the Leicester striker's effort goes over the bar. 

27: England are yet to test Zoets in the Holland goal, almost half an hour gone.

26More sleepy defending from England leads to another chance for Holland as Wijnaldum shoots but Forster saves well. 

19: Blind gets away with a clear push on Milner as England attack. Much slower start to this game in contrary to the Germany game on Saturday. Meanwhile, Promes is receiving treatment for an injury. 

16: First shot on target from the Dutch comes from Janssen, who receives a pass from Promes before seeing his effort well held by Forster.

14: A touching minute's applause for one of football's greatest players, Johan Cruyff, who sadly passed away last week. 

11: Lapse in concentration from Smalling allows a chance for Depay, but the Manchester United winger shoots over the bar. 

08: Resulting corner comes to nothing. 

07: Vardy looks to get in behind but Bruma puts in a good tackle to concede a corner. 

07: Rose gets away with what looked like a penalty for a tackle on Veltman. Referee, however, points for a goal kick. 

06: England very quick to win possession back so far. Barkley the latest player to win a good tackle on Wijnaldum to ignite a counter attack.

04: England too casual with their passes out from the back and Drinkwater has to concede a free-kick to stop a good opportunity. Kick comes to nothing as England clear.

03: Poor pass by Willems gives Vardy the first chance to run at Blind, who deflects his cross away for a corner. Resulting corner from Milner swings out of play. 

01: Kick-off! England get us underway in their new home kit. 

Teams coming out now. Kick-off awaits.

England expected to play a diamond formation. Drinkwater will hold in front of the defence, allowing Barkley to advance and support the two forwards, Vardy and Sturridge. 

Hodgson says players who didn't play against Germany understand that this is their chance to show they are "every bit as good" as the players who played against Germany. Admits he has not had to give them much of a "message"

Confirmed Netherlands team: Zoet; Veltman, Bruma, Blind, Willems; Wijnaldum, Bazoer, Afellay; Promes, Janssen, Memphis Depay. 

Awaiting Netherlands team news. 

Only Rose and Lallana keep their starting places from the memorable 3-2 win against Germany. 

Hodgson presents a first cap for Leicester City midfielder, Danny Drinkwater. He plays in a central midfield role with Ross Barkley, while Adam Lallana and James Milner occupy the wide areas. Drinkwater's Leicester team mate, Jamie Vardy, is rewarded with a start up front with Daniel Sturridge

England substitutes: Clyne, Heaton, Walcott, Cahill, Jagielka, Henderson, Dier, Kane, Alli, Welbeck. 

Confirmed England team: Forster; Walker, Smalling, Stones, Rose; Milner, Drinkwater, Barkley, Lallana; Vardy, Sturridge. 

Just under two hours until kick-off at Wembley, stay tuned for team line-ups as we get them. James Milner is reportedly set to captain the Three Lions tonight. 

Stay tuned as we provide you with more build-up, including confirmed team news and pre-match analysis, ahead of England - Netherlands.

Hodgson spoke of the importance of getting behind the England team in his press conference, saying that in his time as England manager, he has “not felt” that the public was not behind his squad selection. However, the England boss did admit that certain inclusions, such as Alli’s first call-up, had “raised a few eyebrows” due to the fact the Tottenham Hotspur starlet had “not even played for the Under-20s or under-21s”. Hodgson went on to hail the impact of Alli, and likened him to Welbeck and Raheem Sterling, who both came into the senior set-up at a young age and performed well.

Netherlands predicted line-up (4-3-3): Zoet; Letschert, van Dijk, Bruma, van Aanholt; Afellay, Clasie, Wijnaldum; Narsingh, Huntelaar, Depay.

England predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Forster; Walker, Smalling, Stones, Rose; Dier, Drinkwater; Milner, Barkley, Vardy; Sturridge.

England have a goalkeeping crisis of their own; Jack Butland suffered a fractured ankle in the 3-2 win against Germany and is likely to miss the European Championships. Fraser Forster will keep his place in goal in front of a defence which is likely to include John Stones – who did not appear at all on Saturday and will be looking to play the full 90 minutes. There could also be a debut for Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater, who has been a key part of the Foxes surprise potential Premier League-winning campaign. James Milner will captain the side.

Usual regulars Robben and van Persie were ruled out of their Country’s 3-2 loss to France, and first-choice goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen suffered a broken nose in training, meaning Blind has had to recall Michel Vorm to his squad. Schalke’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar is also expected to start.

Blind has a vast amount of Premier League talent at his disposal, which means England fans will be very familiar with several players that start at Wembley. Memphis Depay has failed to make an impact on English turf following his move from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United in the summer, but tends to perform well for his national side. The 22-year-old has just three goals in 20 caps but will provide a tougher test for England right-back Nathaniel Clyne than the one the former Southampton man encountered in Berlin. Notable mentions within the Dutch ranks are Newcastle United’s Georginio Wijnaldum and Manchester United’s Daley Blind – son of Netherlands’ boss, Danny.  

Sturridge, in particular, must prove his worth having missed most of the season with injury, leaving him further down the pecking order in terms of striking options. A good performance against the Netherlands will lift him back up in contention with Kane, Vardy and Wayne Rooney, and he will certainly be hoping to be England’s star man.

Hodgson is set to rotate his starting eleven in what will be a dissimilar side to the one which performed so well in Berlin just three days ago. Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Harry Kane, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck could all drop to the bench which will provide chances for Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott, Daniel Sturridge, John Stones and Jamie Vardy to give their manager a selection headache as he commences his plans for the tournament in France.   

Wembley will honour a football legend Johan Cruyff on Tuesday. The former Netherlands winger sadly passed away on Thursday following a battle with cancer and left behind a legacy that lives on in the game. The Wembley crowd will observe a minute’s applause in the fourteenth minute – the number Cruyff made iconic during his time playing for his country. A period of silence will also take place before the game to remember people lost in the horrific attacks in Brussels last week.

England and the Netherlands have met each other regular through the decades and it’s a fixture that spans back to 1907. The Three Lions edge Tuesday’s opponents in the head to head record, winning 13 of the 31 games, while the Dutch have won eight. However, a Dirk Kuyt-inspired performance gave the Netherlands a victory in the last meeting – a 3-2 Netherlands win. The last six meetings have all been friendlies, and the last competitive fixture between the two nations was England’s emphatic 4-1 win at Euro 1996.

The Netherlands have won just three of their last seven games, and defeats include a 1-0 loss at home to Iceland, a 3-2 defeat to the Czech Republic and a humiliating 3-0 reverse away to Turkey. The run was culminated by a 3-2 defeat to France on Friday.

In contrast, the Netherlands are going through a period of transition under new boss Danny Blind. Many of the squad from the late 2000’s-to-early-2010's are going into the final years of their respective careers and Blind has had to put his trust in some of the younger players who are yet to reach the levels of Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben. The Dutch amazingly failed to qualify for this summer’s European Championships and will use the coming year to rekindle their identity.

Eric Dier celebrates his stoppage-time winer against Germany | Photo: Reuters
Eric Dier celebrates his stoppage-time winner against Germany. | Photo: Reuters

The Three Lions prepare for the game fresh from a thrilling encounter with rivals Germany on Saturday evening. Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez gave Joachim Low’s side a 2-0 lead, but England fought back in sensational fashion to win 3-2, with goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier. Roy Hodgson’s side finally appear to be heading in a positive direction having suffered a decade of disappointment and now have a superb blend of youth and experience.

The match will be played under England’s iconic arch at Wembley stadium – the English national stadium. The famous ground will celebrate its 10-year anniversary next year having been renovated between 2000-2007. This will be the 49th international played at the new Wembley and England will be looking to improve on an impressive record that has seen them lose just six games at the stadium since they moved back into their original home in 2007.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live minute-by-minute match coverage and commentary of England vs Netherlands. Kick-off is set for 19:45 BST but we will have plenty of build-up and pre-match analysis with your host Sam Smith. Until then, make sure you stay following.