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Mar 29, 2016 at 8pm UK at Wembley Stadium
Vardy (41')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Janssen (51' pen.), Narsingh (77')

Result: England lose at home to Netherlands

England lose at Wembley for the first time since November 2013 as Netherlands come from behind to beat the Three Lions 2-1.

England's Euro 2016 preparations were dealt a blow this evening as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Netherlands.

The visitors failed to reach the tournament in France, but came from behind at Wembley to hand the Three Lions their first defeat on home soil since November 2013.

Netherlands players celebrate a goal against England at Wembley on March 29, 2016© Getty Images

The hosts went into the match looking to build on their memorable 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin on Saturday, but they made a slow start to the contest and it was Fraser Forster who was the busier of the two keepers in the opening half-hour.

His first save came from a well-struck Vincent Janssen effort from just outside the box, and he was called upon again 10 minutes later to push Georginio Wijnaldum's curling strike away.

England's first chance finally arrived just before the half-hour mark when a quick move down the left flank ended with Danny Rose finding Jamie Vardy, who lashed his effort over the top from inside the area.

That move suddenly sparked the Three Lions into life, and only a couple of blocks from Jeffrey Bruma in quick succession denied first Daniel Sturridge and then John Stones the opening goal.

A quick free kick caught Netherlands napping five minutes later to give England another shooting chance, but Ross Barkley's low 20-yard strike bounced narrowly past the post.

The opening goal did come just four minutes before half time, however, as a fluid team move ended with Adam Lallana and Kyle Walker combining to set up Vardy for a simple finish from inside the area.

Jamie Vardy scores England's goal against Netherlands at Wembley on March 29, 2016© Getty Images

England started the second half quickly too, with both Sturridge and Lallana having sights of goal in the opening five minutes, but they soon found themselves pegged back as Netherlands became the first visiting side to score at Wembley against England since November 2014.

The goal came from the penalty spot after Rose had been penalised for handball, although the visitors' pressure began when a slip from Stones allowed Janssen clean through on goal. Forster made an important one-handed stop to deny the full debutant, but he could do nothing to prevent Janssen from placing the penalty past him into the top corner moments later.

England players complain to the referee during the international friendly against Netherlands on March 29, 2016© Getty Images

The equaliser gave Netherlands an initial boost, and Forster was forced into another save when Riechedly Bazoer's shot deflected off Danny Drinkwater just in front of the keeper.

It was England who were soon creating the better openings again, though, and Vardy came close to a spectacular second shortly after the hour mark when his vicious long-range strike was tipped over by Jeroen Zoet.

Theo Walcott came on as a sub for the hosts and looked eager to make an impact, but he was first denied by a last-ditch block from Daley Blind before firing over from a tight angle having escaped his marker.

It was the visitors who took the lead with a little over 10 minutes remaining, however, as Janssen barged Phil Jagielka off the ball and, with England calling for a free kick, picked out Luciano Narsingh at the back post for the sub to plant his finish home.

England went in search of an equaliser to avoid just their third home defeat under Roy Hodgson, but Harry Kane could not provide it when he turned away from his man before drilling a low effort wide of the target.

That was as close as the hosts came to levelling things up as they fell to just their second defeat since their exit from the 2014 World Cup, while Holland extended their unbeaten streak against the Three Lions to seven matches.

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