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Van Dijk and Wijnaldum help Netherlands reach Nations League final

Van Dijk and Wijnaldum help Netherlands reach Nations League final”

Then Ross Barkley disastrously gave the ball away to Depay with minutes left from Stones' pass - and this time Promes could not miss from his cross in front of an empty net.

"I think fatigue has played a part, as well as a lack of match sharpness".

However, De Ligt showed great character to make amends by powering home a header from a corner as the Netherlands' pressure finally told. "We didn't lose because of how we wanted to play; we lost because of poor execution and fatigue".

England have lost worldwide semi-finals in successive years after falling at the same stage in Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup.

"We talked before the match about the incredible games England have been involved in in past tournaments". We still made progress to get to this stage and it's about kicking on now'.

It was a heartbreak night for Gareth Southgate's men, who had taken the lead through Marcus Rashford's penalty, only to be hauled back by Matthijs de Ligt's late equaliser. It was only Declan's Rice second start and he did well but it wasn't to be.

"We thought it was going to be a victor but things didn't go our way", said Harry Kane, one of the squad's seven Champions League finalists who started the match on the bench.

England produced what they thought might be the victor in the second half but the referee chalked it off after Jesse Lingard was shown by VAR to be centimetres ahead of the last man.

"We take that on the chin because that's the way we want to play".

On what was his 50th cap, Raheem Sterling was afforded the honour of captaining his country, becoming the first City player to skipper England in a competitive global since Colin Bell in May 1972. Towards the end of the second half I thought we were the better team but we made some silly mistakes and were punished for it. But we made too many mistakes in our final third, partly as a result of their pressure but also by errors by us.

Harry Kane called the game "a massive disappointment" after the Three Lions gave up their initial lead. We scored what we thought was going to be the victor but that's the fine margins in games like this. "We know we made mistakes, sloppy mistakes giving the ball away, but that's part of learning as a team".

"That's what VAR is there for". It's what VAR is there for, it's hard because you celebrate and think you have won but it's what we all have to get used it.

"That's the way I believe they can play and should play".

The Liverpool duo - fresh from winning the Champions League on the weekend - played the entire 120 minutes of the semi-final in Portugal.



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