England suffered Nations League heartbreak on Thursday evening against the Netherlands in Portugal. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for the Three Lions just after the half-hour mark from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt. Ronald Koeman’s side improved after half-time and drew level through de Ligt, who made amends with a powerful header from a corner. Gareth Southgate’s side thought they won it after Jesse Lingard coolly slotted home late on, however, the Manchester United midfielder’s effort was controversially ruled out by VAR. The Dutch then took the lead in extra time after a mistake from John Stones ended up with a Kyle Walker own goal before the tie was settled after Ross Barkley’s poor back pass allowed Quincy Promes to slot home. England will now face Switzerland in the third-place play-off on Sunday. Here’s how we rated Southgate’s men in Portugal.
Jordan Pickford - 7
Looked fairly confident on the ball and was rarely troubled by the Dutch side in the opening hour. Couldn’t do much for De Ligt’s close-range header or Walker’s own goal in extra time after a fabulous initial first save.
Kyle Walker - 5
Made a few mistakes on the ball and his positioning was called into question on multiple occasions. Was unfortunate with the own-goal in extra time following Stones’ mistake.
John Stones - 4
Lost De Ligt at the corner for the equaliser and nearly got caught out on the ball a few times. His lack of game time with Manchester City showed in Portugal and the defender made a catastrophic mistake to allow the Dutch to take the lead in extra time.
Harry Maguire - 7
Was the standout performer at the back for Gareth Southgate’s side with a solid display.
Ben Chilwell - 5
Struggled going forward and at the back and didn’t appear his normal reliable self for the entirety of the semi-final.
Fabian Delph - 6
A surprise inclusion, Delph struggled in the midfield battle throughout but did impress with multiple breakups of play with some no-nonsense tackling.
Declan Rice - 6
On his first Nations League appearance, Rice failed to get a grip of the midfield throughout but did get better as the game went on.
Ross Barkley - 4
Struggled to make an impact as he normally does for England. Hardly featured in an attacking sense and his performance was summed up with a poor pass back late on in extra time which allowed the Dutch to score a third.
Raheem Sterling - 6
Captaining his country for the first time on his 50th appearance for England, Sterling was fairly quiet in the first half. The Manchester City winger got better as the game went on and nearly won it late on in normal time.
Marcus Rashford - 7
Looked promising in the first 45 minutes, winning the penalty which he coolly converted. Unfortunately had to be replaced at the interval with an injury.
Jadon Sancho - 6
Almost doubled the lead in the second half with a close-range header but struggled to make a serious impact throughout.
Harry Kane - 5
Looked fairly off the pace when he came on and was dominated by both Dutch defenders.
Jesse Lingard - 6
Thought he won it late on off the bench with his smart finish, however, his strike was dramatically ruled out for offside.
Jordan Henderson - 6
Showed plenty of experience when he came on and brought some much needed control in the midfield battle.
Dele Alli - 5
Came on for the second half of extra time but failed to make the impact which was needed to take the m=semi-final to penalties.