Lingard gives England victory over the Netherlands

England's most experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart has struggled for form and first-team club football and Southgate has selected Everton's Jordan Pickford to start against the Dutch, with Stoke City's Jack Butland and Burnley's Nick Pope also in reserve.

Jesse Lingard's first global goal extended England's unbeaten run to seven games and gave them a deserved friendly victory against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

He also said racism was not exclusive to Russian Federation, citing being told by anti-racism campaigner Troy Townsend, father of England worldwide Andros, about apparent racial abuse aimed at young players on social media when the Under-16s beat Brazil in November 2016.

"His distribution is excellent which is a key part of how we want to play".

Kieran Trippier was the actual right wing-back, a position Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal to avoid.

"But I thought they played with intelligence and composure".

It took the visitors an hour to break the deadlock, but Lingard eventually got his first worldwide goal with a curled effort Zoet perhaps should have dealt with.

Leading man Kane was missed in those friendlies and was absent again in Holland through injury, but Southgate's side fared much better going forwards.

England has called up three Liverpool players to their senior squad for these friendlies, including captain Jordan Henderson.

"He's trained well with us this week and if you think about the journey he's been on over the last couple of years, the big injuries he's had to come back from".

"He transferred what we know he can do into an important game". I've obviously been asked to do it here and really enjoyed it and I'm really proud to do that. "He played really well against Germany in November and it's another good opportunity for us to see him in another worldwide game".

After that kind of wait, perhaps it might be slightly impertinent to point out that we saw here why this is regarded as the worst Dutch side for a long time. He's comfortable to speak up for the group.

On a brighter note, England did show at times that they have a good mix of movement and speed in attack and, having offered very little during the first half, they are also entitled to think they should have been awarded a penalty six minutes after the restart.

"He spotted the tactical changes, he was the one sort of talking to others, talking others through on where they needed to press".


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