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.
Jordon Pickford - 7
Pickford didn’t have a lot to do on the whole but when shots did come his way he dealt with them well. His distribution was wayward at times however, he couldn’t do anything about the goals. Pickford made a brilliant save for Depay’s effort but he couldn’t get close to the rebound.
Kyle Walker - 6
Caught out of position at times and lost the ball in in dangerous areas but he did play in the centre of the defence at times which he hasn’t been used to whilst at Manchester City. When in his prefered right back he blocked crosses well and kept Babel quiet.
Harry Maguire - 5
A danger from set pieces as always, but he was caught out of position at times whilst also making a couple of last ditch interceptions as the Netherlands overloaded the left side. He was found out towards the end of the game and gave out some sloppy passes.
John Stones - 4
Attempted to play out from the back well but was out jumped by De Ligt from the corner which resulted in a Dutch equaliser. Another mistake in extra as Stones was too relaxed on the ball and Depay tackled him with nobody to cover him and it led to another goal. Overall Stones looked uncomfortable when defending set pieces and crosses.
Ben Chilwell - 7
Confident on the ball when he got forward but also put under a lot of pressure by the Netherlands. However, he put in some really good recovery tackles.
Declan Rice - 5
Struggled to break down the Dutch midfield and was sloppy in possession at times. However in the second he stepped up and acted as a wall for the defence, slowed down the game after constant Dutch attacks. Eventually him and his midfield teammates were overrun and he couldn’t cope with attack after attack.
Fabian Delph - 6
Delph was crucial defensively for England as he put in some crucial interceptions and protected the defence well.
Ross Barkley - 5
Barkley put in some inspiring tackles to start attack’s and looked good on the ball when in the opposition half. It was a tough battle for him against the likes of Frenkie De Jong and Wjnaldum which made it hard for him to control the midfield. His wayward pass put Depay in on goal once again who played in Promes who couldn’t miss, comfirming England’s departure from the Nations League.
Jadon Sancho - 8
Shining light of the first half, link midfield to attack and ran at the defence well. He was the main man when Engalnd attacked and tested Cillesen in the Netherland goal.
Raheem Sterling - 7
Struggled to get on the ball and make a big impact on the game but he had lots of energy and drove at the Holland defence all game long. As the game went on Sterling dropped deep and collected the ball to start attacks
Marcus Rashford -7
Scored the penalty to put England ahead and was overall very energetic and defended from the front. Substituted at half time due to injury.
Harry Kane (sub) - 6
Kane attempted to bully the defenders but on the whole they stood up to the task and it was hard for him to get on the ball as England set up to defend in the second half. He dropped deeper eventually to connect midfield to attack which resulted to him causing more problems for De Ligt especially. He gave a more direct option for England, giving Netherland’s something more to think about.
Jesse Lingard (sub) - 6
Couldn’t get on the ball or make a big impact on the game as he was used for more defensive purposes. Luckily for Lingard England attacked more and he scored to put England 2-1 up or so he thought only for it to be dissalowed by VAR.
Jordan Henderson (sub) - N/A
Brought on for Delph to control and slow the game down as the midfielders looked panicked and rushed.
Dele Ali (sub)- N/A
Had little time to make an impact on the game but looked confident when on the ball.