England 1 Holland 2

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 29 March 2016

England suffered only their second defeat in 19 games as Holland won 2-1, and it is no co-incidence that not one Chelsea player wore the white shirt of the Three Lions.
Goals from Vincent Janssen from the penalty spot and a simple tuck home by substitute Luiciano Narsingh cancelled out Jamie Vardy's excellent strike four minutes before the break.
Chelsea were represented, of sorts by ex-Blues Jeffrey Bruma, Patrick Van Aanholt, while Marco Van Ginkel, on loan from Stamford Bridge to PSV, took the plaudits.
England were lucky to escape on five minutes when Danny Rose clearly tripped Joel Veltma but Spain referee Antonio Mateu ignored the obvious and gave a goal kick instead,.
A snap shot by Memphis Depay on 11 minutes, sailed over Fraser Forster crossbar as the tepid England performance continued.
Ibrahim Afellay was next up, this time his shot, on 15 minutes, was on target, but weak. Forster still managed to lose control but snaffled up the rebound comfortably.
Gerorginio Wijnadum forced a better save from Forster.
England first effort of note came from Jaime Vardy but that went into row Z.
The first replacement came on37 minutes from the visitors when Quincy Promes limped off and Luciano Narsingh came on.
England finally got their act together and it was Vardy, on 41 minutes who had the easiest of chances to tuck home from close range after excellent set up play by Adam Lallana and Kyle Walker.
The opening stages of the second half were manic with first Lallana shooting wide, then Holland counter-attacked brilliantly with Forster stopping a Vincent Janssen shot after Chris Smalling failed to clear. But seconds later, on 51 minutes Holland were awarded a penalty when Danny Rose's right arm hit the ball and Mateu made up for his earlier error.
Janssen coolly sent Forster the wrong way.
Theo Walcott and Nathaniel Clyne came on for Daniel Sturridge and Danny Rose.
A blistering 25-yard right-footer by Vardy almost beat Jeroen Zoet, but the stopper managed to tip the ball, destined for his top left hand corner away for a corner.
A brilliant block by Daley Blind foiled Walcott seconds later on 63 minutes as England went on the offensive to regain the lead.
Walcott, the Arsenal winger tried his hand at a solo effort but while getting away from the Holland defence still managed to produce his Gunners form d flashed an angled effort high and wide of the Holland goal.
Phil Jagielka and Harry Kane replaced Lallana and Chris Smalling on 70 minutes.
The changes made no difference as six minutes later Holland took the lead with simplest of chances as Jannsen bundled over Jagielka in the penalty area before sending a byline cross to the far post where Narsingh was on hand to tuck the ball home into an effectively empty net.
The referee was surrendered by irate England players gearing Janssen could Jagielka but it fell on deaf ears.
Dele Alli entered the fray with nine minutes in the clock, replacing James Milner. He was quickly followed by Eric Dier for Danny Drinkwater

 

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