Following the sensational win on Saturday against the World champions there was much optimism for the next game against a struggling Dutch side who didn’t even qualify for the Euros this summer.
However there were a lot of changes to the side because Hodgson (as well as us) needs to know the players that will be on the plane. So this game was a chance for the players who didn’t play against Germany to show what they could do and give Hodgson something to think about. It was also the last England game before he announces his squad so it was important.
Only Smalling, Rose and Lallana started both games as this was basically our second team. Starting from the back, Forster started in goal, Walker replaced Clyne and promising youngster Stones replaced the experienced Cahill.
The midfield included captain for the game Milner along with Barkley and Leicester’s Drinkwater who was making his debut. Who would have thought he would ever play for England?
The front line was full of pace with in form Vardy and Sturridge who has a lot of quality but always seems to get injured.
The new team didn’t really get into the game in the first half with the rain pouring at Wembley. The Dutch made it hard to get into any sort of rhythm by defending well in numbers and we didn’t look anything like the team who played against Germany. This is perhaps because of the fact Germany went for it a bit more and didn’t just counter like weaker often teams do.
Forster had to make some saves as Holland tried to win in tribute for legend Cruyff. England also had some chances before we took the lead just before half time.
It was a good team goal as Stones came out with the ball from the back like he always does to find a player and it eventually went to Lallana who cleverly found Walker who then pulled it back for Vardy to easily tap home from close range. It meant that he has scored 2 goals in both games and he has really showed that he deserves to be in the starting line up.
The second half was however a different story as Holland managed to get back into it. We had some chances to kill the game off but they scored an equaliser from a penalty. It was perhaps a bit harsh and controversial but what do you expect from a Spurs player as Rose blocked a cross with his hand in the box?
Hodgson then made some changes as Walcott replaced a disappointing Sturridge before Vardy had a great shot saved by the keeper.
Holland then controversially took the lead as Jagielka seemed to be fouled only for the referee to let play go on and they went on to score. The England players protested but it was in vain and we couldn’t get the equaliser with substitute Harry Kane coming the closest.
So it was a disappointing defeat after all the hype from the previous game but it was a weakened team and I think Hodgson learnt a lot from the two games which is the most important thing.
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