England players lament 'gutting' loss to Dutch

Mae Harvey
June 9, 2019

"No England global is a practice match, every time you wear this shirt, there's an importance for you, for the country, for the supporters", Southgate said Saturday.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the 97th minute, English center back and Manchester City player John Stones dribbled back toward his own net before hesitating where to go with the ball.

At the 2018 World Cup last summer, England surrendered a 1-0 lead against Croatia, conceding twice in the second half.

Marcus Rashford put the Three Lions ahead with a 32nd minute penalty after he himself had been brought down by Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt, adding to his flawless record from 12 yards, with the Manchester United man yet to miss from the spot.

"I don't think the Champions League final affected it tonight, as a squad we are good enough whoever plays", Kane said of his performance.

Then deep in injury time Sterling nearly conjured up a moment of magic with a sublime curling effort which struck the top of the bar.

Van Dijk and the Netherlands will play against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the final of the UEFA Nations League at Porto's Estadio Do Dragao on Sunday, June 9.

The Netherlands will now face Portugal in the Nations League final on Sunday evening, while England will contest the third place play-off against Switzerland earlier that afternoon.

"I can understand that but I have to look at the bigger picture of what the players have given me and the way that they've tried incredibly for their country".

But the 27-year-old wasn't given any time to recover from his club excursions, quickly turning his attentions towards helping the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League. But we made too many mistakes in our final third, partly as a result of their pressure but also by errors by us.

Jesse Lingard thought he had scored a late victor only to see his strike ruled out by the video assistant referee for the narrowest offside decision.

England shot themselves in the leg in the 97th minute, following a defensive blunder from John Stones who lost the ball to Depay and the Lyon striker took a first-time shot that forced a fine save from Jordan Pickford. "I've got to not overreact to those things and support them in a hard moment for everybody". We were as comfortable as we'd been.' England needed Henderson on Thursday night - a European Cup victor, a leader, and a player holding in his own in the best team on the continent. We want to finish the season on a good note with a healthy performance. We didn't lose because of how we want to play.

"We were not quite as sharp on some of the decision-making but I think it's a really important game for us to reflect on, and the next few days will be painful having got to this stage".

With there being such a short turnaround since the semi-finals, both teams are set to make changes.

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