Football

Netherlands beat England 2-1.

John Stones and James Milner criticised for their performance against Netherlands

Published 9 Comments

Football News
24/7

England fans have been well and truly brought back down to Earth with a bump.

Following last Saturday’s magnificent comeback victory over Germany, some were suggesting that Roy Hodgson’s side had a real chance of winning the European Championships in France this summer.

They had trailed the world champions 2-0 in Berlin before goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and an injury-time winner from Eric Dier completed an impressive win.

SUBMIT AN ARTICLE

Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5

Article continues below

The country was expecting the Three Lions to push Netherlands aside when the two nations met on Tuesday at Wembley.

The Dutch failed to qualify for Euro 2016, finishing fourth in their qualifying group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.

Article continues below

The match

But Danny Blind's team left London with a 2-1 victory after a fairly lacklustre performance from the home side.

Jamie Vardy, who scored a magnificent back heel against Germany last weekend, put England ahead just before half-time after nice work from Adam Lallana and a decent pull-back from Kyle Walker.

England v Netherlands - International Friendly

But Oranje were level after the break when Danny Rose was harshly penalised for handball in the box and Vincent Janssen converted the penalty expertly.

And then Luciano Narsingh silenced an already very quiet Wembley crowd by scoring in the 77th minute despite what looked like a foul by Janssen on Phil Jagielka.

FBL-EURO-2016-FRIENDLY-ENG-NED

A loss in a friendly isn’t the end of the world but the manner of the defeat just days after the brilliant Germany win would have disappointed fans.

And they seemed very disappointed with two players in particular on Twitter.

Miserable Milner

Firstly, captain James Milner felt the wrath of, yet another, underwhelming performance.

The Liverpool midfielder played 82 minutes and was fairly anomalous for the entire duration - as you can tell with the tweets below:

Sub-standard Stones

We all know John Stones likes to play the ball out from the back but he didn’t quite execute that to perfection during Tuesday’s night defeat and was slammed on Twitter for it.

Despite the England fans being angry at their displays against Netherlands, both Milner and Stones are likely to be named in Hodgson’s 23-man squad in May.

Milner provides excellent experience and versatility, although his game time is likely to be limited.

Milner has already hinted that he may retire after the tournament in France.

England v Netherlands - International Friendly

Stones has struggled for first-team football for his club side, Everton, in recent months and that could see him miss out on a starting place.

Chris Smalling is arguably England’s best centre-back and is likely to be partnered with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.

What did you think of Milner's and Stones' performances against Netherlands? Let us know in the comments box below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Steven Gerrard
Manchester United
Everton
England Football
Football
Liverpool
Premier League
Arsenal
James Milner

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again