• Date: Wed 12 August 2009
  • Venue: Amsterdam ArenA
  • Ref: Rizzoli, N
  • Attendance: 50,000


Kuyt (10)

van der Vaart (37)

2 - 2


Defoe (49)

Defoe (77)

Netherlands vs England

Team Lineups


Maarten Stekelenburg
Johnny Heitinga
Andre Ooijer
Joris Mathijsen
Edson Braafheid
Nigel de Jong, N
Stijn Schaars (David Mendes Da Silva, 82)
Rafael van der Vaart (Wesley Sneijder, 46)
Dirk Kuyt (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 78)
Robin van Persie (Ryan Babel, 46)
Arjen Robben (Ibrahim Afellay, 55)


Robert Green
Glen Johnson, G
Ashley Cole, A (Wayne Bridge, 84)
Gareth Barry (Michael Carrick, 46)
Rio Ferdinand
John Terry
David Beckham (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 46)
Frank Lampard
Emile Heskey (Jermain Defoe, 46)
Wayne Rooney (Carlton Cole, C, 59)
Ashley Young (James Milner, 68)

Match Report
England snatched a 2-2 draw in Amsterdam thanks to second-half goals from substitute Jermain Defoe after Holland took advantage of some schoolboy-like defensive frailties in the first 45 minutes. Defoe netted two well-worked goals to give Fabio Capello's side a deserved draw, but an error-riddled first period will leave the England manager scratching his head. A bright opening from the hosts was capped by a 10th minute goal from Liverpool handyman Dirk Kuyt. But the goal should never have happened, as Rio Ferdinand's casual style of play saw him try to act too cool in a weak back-pass to a helpless Rob Green in the England goal. Kuyt rounded Green to the deadball line, before skipping inside and firing past John Terry who desperately tried to guard the near-post, as Ferdinand looked on in a daze. And the ultimate crime was committed by England again with 37 minutes gone. Gareth Barry opted to pass to Ashley Cole without looking to the delight of lively winger Arjen Robben. Robben happily nipped in to see his shot saved by Green when one-on-one. But the rebound fell to Real Madrid team-mate Rafael van der Vaart, who struck into an empty net on the edge of the area. Despite promising play from the likes of David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard in the first half, England went in at the break with red faces after two errors which would have gone unforgiven in amateur football. But a side rejuvenated by three half-time substitutions, including Defoe, came out and bossed the second half. Just four minutes into the second period, Defoe halved the deficit with a well-taken goal on the break. After Rooney was fouled in his own half, the referee allowed an advantage which saw Lampard lob the ball forward. A terrific first touch and turn of pace from the Tottenham striker took him away from the Dutch defence and a brilliant low left-foot strike from the edge of the box bounced from the inside of the post into the back of the net. The game become disjointed in the last half hour, as both sides made several changes and the pre-season fitness issues begin to tell. But with just over 10 minutes to go, livewire winger James Milner capped an impressive substitute debut by providing the assist for Defoe's second. The Aston Villa man took the ball off the head of Johnny Heitinga to swoop in behind the Dutch defence to place the ball on the boot of Defoe across the six-yard box, who in-turn tapped home with ease. Both sides settled for the draw, in a friendly typical of its placing on the calendar.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full-time: HOLLAND 2 - 2 ENGLAND. A last second cross from Lampard is cleared and the referee blows up. England deserved the draw.


The ball is cleared but launched back into the area by Bridge. Ferdinand knocks it down to Defoe but he cannot get a shot away.


Sneijder needlessly fouls Cole to give England a free-kick.


Sneijder threads a pass through for Babel who creeped offside.


The ball runs out to Babel from the corner. He hits it but it goes wide.


Sneijder takes it and the ball hits the wall to go for a corner.


Johnson brings down Babel on the edge of the area after he was allowed to get in behind.


Milner wins the ball and delivers another impressive cross, which is cleared by Ooijer under the pressure of Cole.


Babel beats Johnson again, but Ferdinand covers.


Milner finds room to cross but it is cut out.


Ashley Cole is replaced by Wayne Bridge.


A second corner is met by Carlton Cole who produces a timid header that goes wide. He cannot hide his disappointment.


England have a corner after a Wright-Phillips shot is blocked.


Schaars is replaced by David Mendes Da Silva.


England look much more likely to win this game as it enters the last 10 minutes.


Babel passes Johnson but his cross cannot find an orange shirt.


Milner whips a ball in but it is just too high for Carlton Cole. He's been bright since replacing his Villa team-mate on the left.


Klaas-Jan Huntelaar replaces Kuyt.


GOAL! HOLLAND 2 - 2 ENGLAND: Heitinga fails to deal with a high ball and Milner latches onto it with his head. A low cross across the six-yard box is tapped home by DEFOE.


Carrick finds Lampard who has space. Some indecision sees a shot blocked and fall to Carlton Cole, who is offside.


Carlton Cole has showed some neat touches since coming on.


A Sniejder corner is collected by Green.


Carlton Cole controls a bouncing ball with two keep-ups and unleashes a 20-yard left foot shot. It flashes wide, denying him of a first international goal.


With his first touch, Milner crosses for Defoe who reacts quicker than hthe defenders. The direction of the header isn't accurate.


James Milner replaces club team-mate Young, to make his debut.


The match has lost all pace after the substitutions. Given that is pre-season, it was to be expected that the players would tire.


Babel plays the ball to Kuyt who tries to return it with a one-two to his Liverpool team-mate, but his pass has too much on it.


Carlton Cole wins a corner as he holds the ball well on the right side of the area.


England soak up some pressure and it ends with Babel finding space and shooting from distance, the shot is poor though.


It's Johnson's turn to misplace a pass this time but it goes unpunished.


Carlton Cole is replacing Rooney.


Defoe dummies a pass to allow Lampard to get in the box, but he fouls Sneijder.


Holland try to break but Terry catches Babel offside on halfway.


Wright-Phillips plays in Defoe who charges into the box. He cuts in and tries to find Rooney in the six-yard area, but the pass is blocked.


And that's Robben's last action of the match as he is replaced byIbrahim Afellay.


Kuyt and Robben link well on the break, but Robben miscontrols as he aims to shoot.


A ball forward for Young appears to be played out by Heitinga, but a goal kick is given.


Rooney and Robben battle for the ball on the touchline. Rooney roughs up the Dutchman and is the recipient of a free-kick.


GOAL! HOLLAND 2 - 1 ENGLAND: Rooney is fouled and the ball breaks to Lampard who lobs the ball over the top for DEFOE. The ref allows the advantage and a terrific first touch and run is followed by a clinical finish in the bottom left corner.


A shot from Sneijder from outside the box is saved by Green.


Ryan Babel and Wesley Sneijder have replaced Van Persie and Van Der Vaart.

Second half

The second half has started. Immediately, Rooney tries to play Wright-Phillips in.


Beckham, Heskey and Barry are to be replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick.

Half time

Half-time: HOLLAND 2 - 0 ENGLAND.


Kuyt shoots from distance but it goes over as he is leaning backwards.


Rooney gets the ball from a Heskey knock down and lets fire from 20 yards. The volley is full of power but narrowly evades the left post.


A misplaced Holland pass falls to Rooney who makes space for himself on the edge of the area. His shot is saved comfortably.


England have let themselves down despite a competent display. Two gifts from lackadaisical back-passes have been the difference between two good sides.


GOAL! HOLLAND 2 - 0 ENGLAND: VAN DER VAART scores, after another poor mistake in defence. Barry passes backwards without looking to Robben, whose shot is saved well by Green, but the Real Madrid man fires into an empty net on the rebound.


Van Persie ends an individual run with a long range shot, which is narrowly wide.


Barry finds Young with a good ball. The Villa winger is providing some good width, but yet another delivery is poor and is too long for Beckham.


Two Holland corners end in an England free-kick, though there seemed to be a push from an England player too.


Johnson, who has looked nervy, has the ball taken from under his nose by Robben. He breaks and shoots, and Green tips it over.


Van Der Vaart swings a lovely free-kick with pace from deep and it lands on the head of Kuyt. His header is saved by the legs of Green, but questions must be asked of the England defence who left two men unmarked.


Johnson loses the ball and it breaks to Robben who is moving with intent, causing Lampard to foul his former Chelsea team-mate.


A trademark long ball from Beckham finds Young, who crosses but it is taken off Heskey's head. Barry then has a shot from distance, which is watched all the way by Stekelenburg.


Lampard takes it away from Beckham and tries to crash a shot in, which hits the wall. After that Young finds himself centrally. He runs at the defence and unleashes a shot, which is blocked and saved.


England have a free-kick from a similar position to the one wasted by Beckham earlier.


Barry is released and a back-flick hits De Jong on the arm. Penalty claims are waved away and it would have been harsh to give the decision against De Jong.


Rooney spreads the ball right to Beckham. He in turn tries to cross it to Rooney but it is headed away well by Ooijer.


A free-kick on the right side is quickly taken by Beckham, who looks for Lampard. But the shot is blocked. Good thinking nonetheless.


Some neat play between Heskey, Beckham and Lampard ends with a cross from the LA Galaxy man on the right. But it's uncharacteristically weak.


Heskey wins the ball off De Jong and Rooney picks the ball up. He is isolated though, and the Manchester City midfielder wins the ball back.


England have settled slightly and are enjoying some possession now.


Rooney is looking busy but has had little joy thus far.


Johnson finds space on the edge of the box and slips a ball through to Lampard. A shot from the midfielder is saved well by Stekelenburg, but it's the first piece of positive play by England so far.


Some neat work down the left gives Young the chance to cross in, but the delivery is overcooked.


England free-kick. Beckham chips the ball in but it goes straight to the goalkeeper. Crossed wires on England's part.


Rooney flights a ball into Heskey who tries to power a header. But he is on the edge of the area and it is way wide.


Van der Vaart tries to play Robben right through the middle but the pass is slightly mistimed.


Barry swings a ball in with his less-favoured right foot. Beckham is trying to get on the end of it, but cannot control the header.


Young dribbles down the left and finds a blind alley, but wins a throw.


GOAL! HOLLAND 1 -0 ENGLAND. KUYT steals a lazy ball from Ferdinand back to Green and rounds the keeper. On the goal-line, he cuts back inside and hits a low shot which evades Terry on the line. A soft goal to concede.


A poor backpass by Johnson this time. It is booted into touch by Green in a hurry.


Rooney almost latches onto a poor backpass which is scuffed away by Dutch keeper Stekelenburg.


Barry plays Cole down the left who escapes the clutches of Heitinga. But his delivery is cleared at the front post.


Braafheid is fouled by Heskey, who was chasing a Rooney thorugh-ball.


Heskey wins the ball from Schaars but England immediately surrender possession. Holland will build from the back again.


The delivery is cleared by Heitinga.


Young is fouled by Van Persie, presenting a chance for Beckham to swing a ball in from the left touchline.


Holland have enjoyed the early possession. Van Persie attempts a through-ball which has too much on it for Kuyt.

Awaiting Kickoff

Play is underway, with the visitors kicking the game off.

Awaiting Kickoff

After the national anthems and a minute's applause in respect of the late Sir Bobby Robson, the players are ready to go in the Amsterdam Arena.

Awaiting Kickoff

England starting XI: Robert Green, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Gareth Barry, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young.

Awaiting Kickoff

Holland starting XI: Maarten Stekelenburg, Johnny Heitinga, Andre Ooijer, Joris Mathijsen, Edson Braafheid, Nigel de Jong, Stijn Schaars, Rafael van der Vaart, Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben.

Awaiting Kickoff

There are plenty of familiar faces in the Netherlands XI. Nigel de Jong, Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie start.

Awaiting Kickoff

Fabio Capello's England take on Holland in Amsterdam this evening. David Beckham starts, to win his 113th international cap. Also starting is Ashley Young.