England were beaten by Holland today, as a late Arjen Robben goal gave the Dutch the 3-2 victory at Wembley. It was a tough loss to swallow, but ultimately, the hosts were outplayed, and the score line showed it.
Robben’s darting run through the midfield exposed the England defense. After a nice cut to the outside, he finished with a low, hard shot from just outside of the box to give the Dutch the 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.
It took no more than another minute for Holland to score their second. A lovely cross by Dirk Kuyt found Klass-Jan Huntelaar in the middle. Huntelaar sacrificed himself for the goal, as his head collided with Chris Smalling’s to leave both of them dazed.
Gary Cahill gave England some life in the 85th minute. Doing his best impression of teammate David Luiz, Cahill found himself controversially just onsides and was able to put the ball away to make it 2-1.
The comeback seemed complete when Ashley Young was able to chip it over the Dutch keeper in the 90th minute to tie the score at two all.
However, Robben put away his second right off the restart. A cross into the box found the Bayern star, who was lucky to find it deflect off Cahill to give the Dutch the lead again, and the win.
Here are five things we learned about England in the loss.