Stuart Pearce, England’s stand in coach, fielded a young side for this warm up for the Euros and it was not a complete failure by any means.
Sure, England’s lack of experience when pitted against world-class opposition that included Arjen Robben and Arsenal’s Robin van Persie was clear for all who were present at Wembley last night.
The Dutch – who were awful in that World Cup final defeat to Spain – played with in themselves and always looked as if they could step up a gear when they needed to.
And they grabbed two excellent goals within three minutes to take the lead in the second half.
However, England got two back with some well worked moves which should be something that a future coach could build on.
Of course, Holland were the better team, everyone could see that, however there was enough to hint at a brighter future if you are an England fan.
It’s too early to start talking about emerging stars and based on previous experience not a good idea – so the best that can be said of this game is that a highly experimental England side worked hard, played with spirit and at the end left enough to encourage the home of football.