Netherlands 3-1 England (AET): Three Lions capitulate in extra-time to go crashing out of Nations League

deja vu

John Stones and Ross Barkley gifted two goals to the Dutch as Gareth Southgate’s men lost another semi-final

England went crashing out of the Nations League after a total collapse in extra-time of their semi-final against the Netherlands.

With the scores level at full-time, calamitous mistakes from John Stones and Ross Barkley gifted the Dutch a 3-1 victory.

Stones gifted the ball to Depay


Stones gifted the ball to Depay

Marcus Rashford had put England in front from the penalty spot following a clumsy challenge from Matthjis de Ligt, before the highly-rated Dutchman atoned for his error with a bullet header in the second-half.

The Three Lions thought they had won it when Jesse Lingard slotted home in the latter stages of normal time, but replays showed he was a whisker offside and the goal was chalked off by VAR.

The defeat will feel all too familiar for England fans, who will remember their side taking the lead against Croatia before losing the 2018 World Cup semi-final after extra-time.

Gareth Southagte’s men will now face Switzerland in a battle for third place on Sunday, while the Netherlands and Portugal compete to become the first ever Nations League champions.

More to follow…