KEIR RADNEDGE at WEMBLEY: England manager Roy Hodgson regretted a loss of momentum after England’s home defeat by Holland chimed uncomfortably following previous Euro 2016 warm-up wins over France and Germany.
The Dutch snatched a 2-1 victory after England took an early lead through Jamie Vardy.
However an England team showing eight changes from Saturday’s starting line-up in Berlin struggled to penetrate the tightly-organised Dutch defence and conceded second-half goals to Vincent Janssen (penalty) and substitute Luciano Narsingh.
Hodgson was irritated by two crucial refereeing decisions, considering that Danny Rose’s handball to concede the penalty had been involuntary and that Phil Jagielka had been fouled immediately before the visitors’ winner.
He said: “I gave a lot of different players a chance to play tonight. I’ve really aired the squad. Hopefully that might be to my advantage in the future, when I am thinking about players and thinking about making decisions.
“But I’m bitterly disappointed that I am sitting here having lost a home game at Wembley in front of 82,000 people after such a good performance on Saturday night. It really is a high followed by a low.
“I don’t think the decisions were particularly favourable. The second one was exceptionally harsh. The first one is a decision that is given these days, which I unfortunately I don’t agree with. “I really do believe to give handball it has got to be absolutely deliberate and not hit the hand when people are trying to block the ball.
“I am becoming a dinosaur if I keep saying that because I see these decisions being given every week. Whether I agree with it or not, it doesn’t make a lot of difference and it was given.
“But I was more disappointed that we didn’t reach the level of intensity or creativity that we did on Saturday night. Our domination of the ball and our domination of posession didn’t lead to enough goal chances, so that disappointed me most.”
Holland coach Danny Blind was satisfied with the result, especially considering the injury problems with which he had to cope and the youth of his team.
He said: “We needed to get some goodwill back so it was good that we won tonight.
“England had more of the ball and we had to defend more but that’s normal because we missed 14 players and hsd a very young team. When you go to play England – and they had had a good result in Berlin – you know it will be a good game. They showed they could play the ball around but we didn’t give away many chances.”
He appreciated the crowd’s full-hearted applause for Johan Cruyff, saying: “It was a great moment. The crowd was fabulous. That’s what he deserved. He had some great results on this ground – with Ajax in 1971 and again with Barcelona . . . it was very special.”