John Stones and James Milner criticised for their performance against Netherlands

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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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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