Jesse Lingard’s first international goal fired England to a 1-0 friendly victory over the Netherlands, their first since Euro 1996, in Amsterdam on Friday.
The Manchester United midfielder’s low shot from the edge of the area just before the hour secured a first English win in the Dutch capital since 1969, as Gareth Southgate’s squad stepped up their preparations for this summer’s World Cup in style.
It was no more than England deserved as they ended a run of seven games without a win over the Dutch, Ronald Koeman’s side, who failed to qualify for Russia 2018, rarely threatening in his first game in charge of his country.
The game was billed as a friendly before kick-off but debutant Hans Hateboer’s shoulder barge into Danny Rose’s face in the opening minute ensured it was anything but.
That, and the early loss of Joe Gomez to injury, did little deter England though, as Southgate’s experimental side embarked on an encouraging first-half performance, which had everything except end product.