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This was England’s first win over the Dutch in eight attempts

England secured their first win over the Netherlands since Euro 96 thanks to a second-half strike from Jesse Lingard.  

Manager Gareth Southgate was part of the England squad that blew away the Dutch at Wembley as a player, but the win tonight was a more controlled performance.

The Three Lions controlled the game of very few chances and were denied a clear penalty when Marcus Rashford was tripped by Matthijs de Ligt. 

However, England did take the lead moments later when the ball fell to Lingard on the edge of the box and the Manchester United man guided the ball into the corner of the net. 

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

It was a not particularly inspiring game, so the best moment has to be Lingard’s goal. 

England could have been forgiven for thinking it would not be their night after being denied a clear spot-kick but they kept battling away and a menacing counter-attack was finished well by the midfielder. 

STAR MAN – JORDAN HENDERSON 

While Lingard the match-winner will get the headlines, Henderson was the best player on the pitch. 

The Liverpool player bossed the game in the middle of the park, protecting the defence well and keeping things ticking over throughout the game. 

England deserved the win and Henderson led his side to victory very competently. 

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What the manager said

Gareth Southgate was encounraged by England’s use of the ball but insisted there was still room for improvement. 

He said: “I’m really pleased with the performance. I thought we used the ball really really well.

“We were a little bit sloppy in the last 20-25 minutes. Generally I thought we looked a threat and we played with real energy and enthusiasm. I really liked our build up from the back and through the midfield.”
 


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