Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hodgson's England Let Lead Slip to the Delight of Dutch

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hodgson's England Let Lead Slip to the Delight of Dutch

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ENGLAND 1 NETHERLANDS 2 ENGLAND slipped to defeat in their last friendly before manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for the European Championships as Holland came from behind to win at Wembley.

After the memorable comeback victory in Germany at the weekend this game was always going to struggle to live up to expectations, although a second goal in as many games from Jamie Vardy, the 100th of Hodgson's reign, had the Three Lions on course for victor.

However, Holland, who have not qualified for the tournament in France, showed their quality as a Vincent Janssen penalty and a strike from substitute Luciano Narsingh gave them a 2-1 victory.

Wembley fell silent before kick-off in memory of those killed in the Brussels terror attacks a week ago, while the 14th minute saw the stadium rise to applaud in memory of Holland great Johan Cruyff, who died on Thursday.

England, who started with a diamond in midfield, pressed Holland back high up the pitch right from the off.

Only a last-gasp challenge from Jeffrey Bruma prevented Vardy getting an early shot away moments after the visitors were denied a penalty when Rose appeared to trip Joel Veltman as he burst into the England area.

The game's first meaningful effort came courtesy of Wijnaldum, who was strong enough to retain possession before bending in a shot which Forster did well to turn behind.

England finally whirred into life just before the half-hour mark, but Vardy blazed uncharacteristically wide after good work from Rose down the left.

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose was again freed by Milner, cutting the ball back for Sturridge, whose shot was blocked - with Stones then seeing an effort hacked off the line by Vincent Janssen.

As the hosts began to turn the screw, Barkley turned and struck a shot just wide of Jeroen Zoet's lefthand post.

And they duly took the lead moments later as a free-flowing move involving Lallana and Walker was finished off by Vardy for his second England goal in as many games. …

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