England faced the Netherlands last week Friday away from home in Amsterdam at the Johan Cruyff Arena and won the game 1–0 with a goal through Jesse Lingard.
This game which was played was widely seen as a warm up for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia for which England are going to take part in and which the Netherlands failed to qualify for.
Lingard’s goal came from the edge of the box after a pass from Manchester United and England teammate Marcus Rashford.
England played well without being spectacular although the Netherlands’s performance was poor.
The England manager Gareth Southgate was optimistic after the win against the Dutch and credited England’s performance.
Jordan Pickford played his second goal for England on Friday night and kept his second consecutive clean sheet to add to the one which he kept against the World Cup winners Germany.
However, Jack Butland who is Pickford’s goalkeeping rival for the England no.1 position will start the midweek friendly against Italy (who like the Netherlands failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament).
This was Ronald Koeman’s first game as Holland manager and wasn’t a good start because of the loss and the team playing poorly, it will be a tough job for him due to the lack of quality players which the Netherlands have.
England has one more match during this international break against the Italians before club football resumes whilst Holland has to play Portugal away in Lisbon.
Virgil Van Dijk has been confirmed as Holland’s new captain by new manager Ronald Koeman and captained the team against England at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
It is expected that England will play with most of the same team which stated the Holland game on Friday with a few exceptions such as Jordan Pickford as noted earlier.
Lastly, the FIFA World Rankings and the ELO Ratings will both have an impact following Friday’s game and it could potentially boost England’s position and put Holland’s place in danger of dropping to a lower position.