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Netherlands 0-1 England: 5 Talking Points

Shambhu Ajith
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Jesse Lingard celebrates after scoring his first senior England goal

Goalscorer: Jesse Lingard 59'

The game rolled on like a punctured tyre for the greater part of the 90 minutes as England eventually walked past a limping Netherlands side that looked gravely short of quality in the final third.

Jesse Lingard stepped up to the plate and chipped in with one of those outside the box strikes to claim the lead for the Three Lions.

Ronald Koeman has plenty of work to do but Gareth Southgate will be a happy man for all the good signs that were on offer. Without further ado, let's get to the 5 talking points from the game.

#5 England's midfield has its quirks but it may not be dynamic

Quite a lot of talent

Gareth Southgate decided to deploy a rather unexpected trio in midfield with Jordan Henderson playing anchorman and Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lingard playing off of him. Both Chamberlain and Lingard love running with the ball and were constantly trying to break on the counter.

Add to that the pace of Sterling and Rashford and England might just have an array of players who are tailored for the smash and grab gig.

But therein lies the problem. Jesse Lingard was taken off in the second half and in his place came Dele Alli who more or less does or tries to do the same things with the ball at his feet.

On the night though, Alli came up short after struggling to hold on to the ball when England were trying to see off the game with some indecisiveness and rustiness.

But for all the quality and depth that England have in midfield, they may not have the dynamism to bamboozle their adversaries.

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