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England 1-2 Netherlands: Luciano Narsingh goal inflicts late defeat for Three Lions

England slipped to defeat in their last friendly before manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for the European Championships as Holland came from behind to win at Wembley.

After the memorable comeback victory in Germany at the weekend this game was always going to struggle to live up to expectations, although a second goal in as many games from Jamie Vardy, the 100th of Hodgson's reign, had the Three Lions on course for victor.

However, Holland, who have not qualified for the tournament in France, showed their quality as a Vincent Janssen penalty and a strike from substitute Luciano Narsingh gave them a 2-1 victory.

Holland took the lead in controversial circumstances. England's defence wanted a foul for Janssen's strong challenge on substitute Phil Jagielka, but the referee was unmoved as the Holland man squared for Luciano Narsingh to sweep home at the back post.

Harry Kane was introduced and came close to a late leveller but dragged his shot wide, with his Tottenham team-mates Dele Alli and Eric Dier thrown on in the closing stages.

But there were no late heroics as in Berlin as Holland hung on to inflict just a second defeat on England since their disastrous World Cup campaign.

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