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Tuesday, 29 March 2016
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England 1 Netherlands 2 [1-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 82,831;
Kick-off: 8.02pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Jamie Vardy (seven-yard tap in from a Walker lay-off 41 40:22)
Netherlands - Vincent Janssen (penalty following a Rose handball 50 49:59), Luciano Narsingh (seven yard shot after a foul on Jagielka 77 76:36)
Jamie Vardy scored the hundreth goal of the Hodgson era
Match Summary
England Squad
Netherlands Squad
Results 2015-2020 Netherlands - Jeffrey Bruma (57 56:09)

England kicked-off. 95 minutes (46:09 & 49:10).


Match Summary

Officials from Spain




Referee (dark pink) - Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  39 (12 March 1977), FIFA-listed 2011.

Assistant Referees - Pau Cebrian Devis, Valencia, and Roberto Diaz Perez del Palomar, 39 (29 April 1976)

Fourth official - Carlos Clos Gomez, 43 (30 June 1972), Zaragoza, FIFA-listed 2009.

A minutes silence was held for those that died in the Belgium terror attacks last week, and also in the fourteenth minute, a minutes applause by the crowd for Dutch legend, Johan Cruijff.

15 Goal Attempts 8
3 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 3
  Offside Calls Against  
9 Fouls Conceded 10
67% Possession 33%

England Team



FIFA (3 March 2016) 9th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 5th to 9th
Colours: The Nike 2016 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with light blue sleeves and ice blue collared trim/side stripe and white cuffs, white shorts with ice blue side trim, red socks.
Capt: James Milner, first captaincy
Phil Jagielka, 82nd min.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
49th match, W 29 - D 13 - L 7 - F 100 - A 38.
England Lineup
1 Forster, Fraser G. 28 17 March 1988 G Southampton FC 5 6 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 25 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 0
3 Rose, Daniel L., off 58th min. 25 2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
Danny Rose handled the ball (49:12) that gave away the penalty.
4 Drinkwater, Daniel N., off 85th min. 26 5 March 1990 DM Leicester City FC 1 0
5 Smalling, Christopher L., off 70th min. 26 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 23 0
6 Stones, John 21 28 May 1994 CD Everton FC 8 0
7 Milner, James P., off 82nd min. 30 4 January 1986 RM Liverpool FC 58 1
8 Barkley, Ross 22 5 December 1993 AM Everton FC 21 2
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off 58th min. 26 1 September 1989 F Liverpool FC 17 5
10 Vardy, Jamie R. 29 11 January 1987 F Leicester City FC 6 2
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 70th min. 27 10 May 1988 LM Liverpool FC 21 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Netherlands 1
14 Walcott, Theo J., on 58th min. (57:47) for Sturridge 27 16 March 1989 RF Arsenal FC 43 8
12 Clyne, Nathaniel E., on 58th min. (57:54) for Rose 24 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 11 0
19 Kane, Harry E., on 70th min. (69.49) for Lallana 22 28 July 1993 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 4
16 Jagielka, Philip N., on 70th min (69:51) for Smalling 33 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 39 3
scoreline: England 1 Netherlands 2
20 Alli, Bamidele J., on 82nd min. (81:36) for Milner 19 11 April 1996 AM Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 1
18 Dier, Eric J.E., on 85th min.(84:06) for Drinkwater 22 15 January 1994 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 1
result: England 1 Netherlands 2

unused substitutes:

13-Tom Heaton, 15-Gary Cahill, 17-Jordan Henderson, 21-Danny Welbeck.

team notes:

England conceded a penalty for the first time in eight years, since against France, March 2008. It was also the first successful conversion against England at the rebuilt Stadium.
Forster -
Walker, Smalling
(Jagielka), Stones, Rose (Clyne) -
(Dier) -
(Alli), Barkley, Lallana (Kane) -
Vardy, Sturridge
notes: reverted to 4-3-3 when Walcott appeared, Walcott becoming RF

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 16.0 0.8


Netherlands Team



FIFA (3 March 2016) 9th
EFO ranking Group 2
ELO rating 14th to 13th
Colours: Made by Nike - Blue v-necked jerseys with light blue sleeves, blue shorts, light blue socks.
(No.14 worn above the jersey Nike swoosh)
Capt: Daley Blind, third captaincy Manager: Dirk Franciscus Blind vijk, 44 (1 August 1961), appointed 1 July 2015,
7th match, W 3 - D 0 - L 4 - F 11 - A 14.
Netherlands Lineup
1 Zoet, Jeroen 25 6 January 1991 G Philips Sport Vereniging 3 5 GA
2 Veltman, Joel 24 15 January 1992 RB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 10 0
3 Bruma, Jeffrey K.H. 24 13 November 1991 CD Philips Sport Vereniging 16 1
Bruma cautioned in the 57th min, for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul after bringing down a sprinting Jamie Vardy.
4 Blind, Daley 26 9 March 1990 CD Manchester United FC, England 36 2
5 Willems, Jetro 21 30 March 1994 LB Philips Sport Vereniging 18 0
6 Bazoer, Riechedly, off 79th min. 19 12 October 1996 CM Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 3 0
7 Depay, Memphis 22 13 February 1994 LF Manchester United FC, England 23 3
8 Afellay, Ibrahim 29 2 April 1986 LM Stoke City FC, England 53 7
9 Janssen, Vincent, off 93rd min. 21 15 June 1994 CF Alkmaar Zaanstreek 2 1
10 Wijnaldum, Georgino G.E. 25 11 November 1990 RM Newcastle United FC, England 27 4
11 Promes, Quincy A., off 37th min 24 4 January 1992 RF FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 9 0
Netherlands Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Netherlands 0
17 Narsingh, Luciano, on 37th min. (36:24) for Promes 25 13 September 1990 F Philips Sport Vereniging 16 4
scoreline: England 1 Netherlands 2
18 Van Ginkel, Wulfert Cornelius, on 79th min. (77:33) 23 1 December 1992 M Philips Sport Vereniging, on loan from Chelsea FC, England 3 0
15 van Aanholt, Patrick J.M., on 82nd min. (81:54) for Willems 25 29 August 1990 LB Sunderland AFC, England 4 0
16 Clasie, Jordy, on 90th+3 min. (92:09) for Janssen 24 27 June 1991 M Southampton FC, England 15 0
result: England 1 Netherlands 2

unused substitutes:

12-Rick Karsdorp, 13-Virgil van Dijk, 19-Klaas Jan Huntelaar, 20-Luke de Jong, 21-Timo Letschert, 22-Kenneth Vermeer, 23-Micehl Vorm.

team notes:

Coach Danny Blind played for Netherlands twice against England, first in the World Cup qualification draw in April 1993, then he was their Captain in the Euro '96 defeat.
Manager and captain, the Blind's, are father and son.
4-3-3 Zoet -
Veltman, Bruma, Blind, Willems -
Wijnaldum, Bazoer
(van Ginkel), Afellay -
(Narsingh), Janssen, Memphis.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.6 Appearances/Goals 18.2 1.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

What a disappointment for a superb crowd of 82,000, who came to Wembley on the back of watching England's magnificent win in Berlin.  They probably expected more of the same from their favourites but alas, on this night England didn't play well and suffered a rare home defeat to what was a fairly ordinary Netherlands side.

Right from the first whistle it was a very different England performance to that which we saw in Germany.  There was none of the intensity and no real pressure put on the Dutch back line.  The game itself was a poor one.  The England line-up never gelled properly, and there were probably, but understandably, too many changes to the team.  Manager Roy Hodgson obviously wanted to see other members of the squad perform, but at the start, especially at the back, everyone looked shaky and nervous.  Early on, Danny Rose was a little lucky when a late challenge brought down a Dutch forward in the box, you have seen them given before!  England's build up play went back to being slow and laborious, as opposed to the quick, slick passing seen in Germany.  And too many passes went backwards, keeping possession, but also making it easy for the Dutch to defend from deep in their own half.

Half chances came at both ends in the first ten minutes with Jamie Vardy almost bursting through, and Memphis Depay shooting over for the visitors.  England's defence was at sixes and sevens more than once in that opening spell and the passing was very poor.  Fraser Forster had to make one save early on and then Georginio Wijnaldum fired in a good curling shot that Forster had to get down smartly to push around the post.  Overall the match was a scrappy one with a few meaty challenges thrown in by the Dutch.  England's midfield was nowhere near as energetic in this game, but new cap Danny Drinkwater slotted in very well.

Then, on 28 minutes, Vardy almost broke the deadlock after fine play by Adam Lallana and Rose had set him up.  Unfortunately Vardy hit his shot too high, but at least it was better from England.  At the other end Quincy Promes also shot over as the Netherlands looked in control, playing well, quick in the tackle and easily containing an England side who were slow in all they did, as well as constantly giving the ball away cheaply.

To be fair England were trying to play themselves out of the doldrums and both Daniel Sturridge and John Stones saw shots blocked.  Then on 37 minutes Ross Barkley hit an excellent shot just wide for England's best effort so far.  Four minutes later and England took the lead, slightly against the run of play.  It was a goal completely out of character with the first 40 minutes, as superb passing by Lallana and Kyle Walker, after a good dummy by Sturridge, saw Walker's cross rifled home from close range by the ever-alert Vardy.  The Leicester star was delighted and he was easily England's most lively attacker, but it was a goal out of the blue really, a good one nonetheless, and England safely negotiated the final minutes to lead at the break.

A bright start after the interval by England saw Sturridge come close with a good turn and shot which was saved by Jeroen Zoet.  But then on 50 minutes a catalogue of errors gifted the Netherlands an equaliser.  First Stones slipped when trying to turn instead of simply laying the ball back to Forster, allowing Vincent Janssen a clear run at goal.  To his credit, Forster stood tall and managed to get a huge hand on Janssen's shot to turn it away to the right of goal.  But the Dutch came again and when a cross was made it struck a jumping Rose on the arm and the referee awarded a penalty.  If Rose was lucky earlier, he was certainly unlucky this time.  Janssen gleefully slammed home the spot-kick and England felt harshly treated.

England tried to come back but the Netherlands were growing in confidence, buoyed by the goal.  James Milner and Sturridge combined to almost set up a chance but there seemed to be none of the urgency seen in Germany.  In fact Forster had to make another good save before Jeffrey Bruma brought down Vardy as he threatened to break clear.  Bruma rightly booked for that challenge.  A raft of England substitutions began after that but England's fluency did not improve.  On 61 minutes Vardy again distinguished himself by making space and firing in a goalbound shot.  Only a superb tip-over save by Zoet saved the day for the Dutch.  Then as England pushed forward a brilliant pass by Stones sent Theo Walcott in on goal but Daley Blind made a terrific block tackle to stop the Arsenal winger.  Harry Kane was sent on for the hard-working Lallana and was soon winning a corner.

Just as it seemed England were finally getting their game together the Netherlands took the lead with another very controversial goal.  It was the 77th minute and substitute Phil Jagielka was about to shepherd the ball away from danger when Janssen came into his back like a train and flattened the Everton defender.  It was a blatant foul and a definite free-kick, but the Spanish referee, who was close to the incident, played on.  The ball was laid across goal and Luciano Narsingh fired the ball into the empty net.  It was a dreadful decision and something that England didn't deserve at that point.

That goal proved the winner as the Dutch closed ranks and easily held on to what they had.  England could find no way through the determined defence although they never really worked up a head of steam in those closing ten minutes.

In many ways it was a deserved win for the Dutch and a wake-up call for England after the euphoria of the previous win.  Maybe in the long run it might do them no harm.  Some players, especially Drinkwater, Vardy and, but for his slip in the first-half, Stones, did their chances of making the squad for the Euros no harm, and now we wait for May to see who is in and who is out of Hodgson's thinking for the summer tournament. 

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor