Netherlands defeat England, to face Portugal in final — UEFA Nations League

"England never took risks tonight, the goals never came from risks", the former England and Liverpool man said on punditry for Sky Sports.

Are England fans owed a performance? When Gareth Southgate then arrived, having just insisted in his post-match press conference that he would stick to his philosophy of playing out from the back, his instinct was to protect rather than criticise. Just a shame he could not find another one when the heat was on in Guimaraes. The vast majority of those who have made the trip have behaved impeccably. Once again when a match went into overtime, England started to play worse and worse and had 0 shots on goal while their defense let 2 goals and England lost 3-1.

Southgate, who will make changes with Ben Chilwell, Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford nearly certainly out through injury, said: "It is very simple. We haven't played semifinals and finals so this is new to us but we're taking it in our stride". "We know we made mistakes, sloppy mistakes giving the ball away, but that's part of learning as a team".

"We'll probably have to make some changes. We're disappointed but every disappointment we have to learn from and get better". There's a few more to check. I want to win and the boys want to win and the Spurs boys want to win but it wasn't our week. This is an important global match.

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"So, incredibly proud that the players have given absolutely everything".

However, Southgate's team grew into the game and on 35 minutes were rewarded.

"No England worldwide is a practice match".

"It would have been easier just to take your foot off the gas and be happy with what we achieved", he said. "Individuals have opportunities to impress", he added.

The Netherlands can complete an unlikely turnaround with victory over Portugal in the UEFA Nations League final on Sunday.

After an underwhelming season at Tottenham, Dele Alli should fear for his England place.

Thursday's Nations League semi-final was poised at 1-1 in the first half of extra time when the 25-year-old was caught in possession on the edge of his own box.

"The mentality of the group is that we do that right the way through, and we have to do that on Sunday".

Thursday demonstrated the pitfalls of such a high-risk strategy, but Southgate defended his methods.

The loss also means England's long wait for a major trophy since the 1966 World Cup goes on.

He was not entirely satisfied, saying: "There was a lot of space between their defence and midfield, but we had to do a little bit more on the ball when we were in the final third of the field". We certainly didn't stop trying to play out the other night.

  • Salvatore Jensen