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Highlights: England 2-3 Netherlands 29-02-2012 International Friendly

0-1 Arjen Robben 57′
0-2 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 58′
1-2 Gary Cahill 85′
2-2 Ashley Young 90+1′
2-3 Arjen Robben 90+2′

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buddymagoo3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

A largely an inexperienced team played well against World Cup finalists. I thought we did well and our expectations are set way too high!

ProjectVulcan3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

Agrees. The defence really was a let down, but it was inexperienced playing together and i think it will be ok when a little more experience comes back into the side. Terry and Cole will come in, Lescott will be around. Tonight he gave a few guys a chance. Was happy with that decision to pick up experience!

Often England have trouble creatively and breaking teams down. But tonight, the forwards looked lively. There were plenty of chances and times the Dutch were on the ropes and scrambling clear. Sturrdige looked a handful, Young came back and performed. Rooney needs to prove himself again at a major tournament. Lets hope he can.

Although the result looks poor the performance was actually fairly good against a top experienced Dutch team filled with class.

Hopefully lessons will be learnt and England don't look too bad all things considered. I am hopeful just for England to perform at a tournament-it is long overdue. A semi final is not beyond this team.

Ben Dover3738d ago

Buddymagoo let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Netherlands were missing a few key players as well so fighting them when they're at full power, England would get their asses kicked with 5 or 6 goals.

guigsy3738d ago

Who were Holland missing? Apart from van der Vaart and Elia who aren't automatic starters anyway. We were missing key players like Rooney, Terry and Gerrard for most of the match. Considering we fielded a fairly inexperienced side I think we coped pretty well.

Yi-Long3737d ago

...but I wasn't impressed with either team.

England fielded an inexperienced team, and Holland was quite mediocre in the first half, and OK in the 2nd half, but I felt we played too defensively with 2 controlling midfielders (Van Bommel and De Jong), where I would have preferred just 1 controlling midfielder (Van Bommel).

Huntelaar did great as always when he came on. He's the much better striker than Van Persie as far as I'm concerned, the 2nd goal was a rocket, and sadly he got injured and was taken off, to be replaced with Luuk de Jong (who failed to impress)

I would have liked to have seen Ola John (FC Twente) playing, which would have been his debut, but sadly it wasn't to be.

Also not sure why Walcott wasn't in the starting line-up, as he's by far the most dangerous player you have when you take our weaknesses in the back into account. I'm pretty sure it would have been a different match if he had played from the beginning.

asmith23063738d ago

id say a more experienced team would have done worse to be honest. The experienced players World Cup performance was dyre.

Abdou233739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

Wellbeck continues to disappoint. Smalling has a positioning problem.

buddymagoo3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

Wellbeck other than Parker was the hardest working player on the field with little and no supply. And Smalling was Englands best defender with the most interceptions and tackles.

AcceptedWalnut3737d ago

Yup, Smalling at fault for first 2 goals. Then Duncan Edwards came on as his replacements and almost gifted Robben another goal if it wasn't for Richards block.

Magoo, you talk shit.

Corepred43739d ago

Oh man, I had to flip back and forth between this game the US-Italy game. I did manage to catch England's equalizer which was great. But man I had to stand up, cheer and clap when Robben put it away. He was on fire today!

HxCGamer3737d ago

I had 4 games on at the same time, although i'll say I was mostly watching spain's game by the end.

Corepred43737d ago

I usually use that, but when the games are on tv I don't want to miss the chance to watch the game in HD on my 65"! =)

wish my laptop had an hdmi port!

HxCGamer3736d ago

ha i have my desktop connected to my tv =]
hdmi ports are key.

lugia 40003738d ago

Im scared of portugals euro 2012 group now.