Gareth Southgate’s England side travelled to Portugal for the Nations league semi-final against a young Netherland side in the Estadio Dom Afonso Heriques, hoping to join Portugal in the final.

Star man Harry Kane and champions league winning captain Jordan Henderson missed out on starting spots whilst Raheem Sterling captained the side on his 50th appearance. England started the game with four at the back, which isn’t always Gareth Southgate’s first choice. Whilst Marcus Rashford led the line for the three lions.

England entered the game trying to play out from the back but the Dutch pressed them back and made it difficult for them until De ligt was caught napping by Rashford and he was brought down by the centre back. He slotted the penalty home, sending the keeper the wrong way.

After the break England sat back and Netherlands attacked relentlessly and eventually got their equaliser from a corner via De Ligt, who out jumped John Stones and sent the ball flying into Pickford’s net.

England thought they won it win ten minutes to go as Jesse Lingard was put in on goal and slotted the chance home. Unfortunately for him and the Engalnd faithful the technology ruled it off as Lingard was caught offside.

After 7 minutes of injury time the game was sent into extra time with the score at 1-1. Stones was pressed by Dutch attackers and caught in possession, Depay one on one with Pickford was stopped initially but the rebound was stumbled in by Promes which deflected in off Walker as Pickford couldn’t deny another effort.

As the time whittled on, England continued to play out from the back and consequently Netherland’s put England under pressure and forced and error out of Barkley as his attempted back pass fuelled the Promes tap in sending England out of the competition despite playing entertaining football, continuous errors lead to goals leaving thousands who travelled over disappointed once again.