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England 0-2 Holland
White Hart Lane, London, England - Wednesday 15 August 2001

Erikkson's unbeatable run had to come to an end sooner or later, and better for it to be in a friendly rather than in competition.

Holland settled quickly into this game, and but for an interception of a cross from Reiziger to van Nistelrooy by Keown, the visitors would have had an early lead. England did have a few chances to score but either the opposition thwarted them before the shot on goal, or England's finishing was poor. Although York and Neville's attempts were prevented from being a success by van der Saar's excellent saves.

Seven minutes before the interval, Holland took the lead through van Bommel who lined up his shot 30 yards out and left Martyn no hope of stopping the ball. England gave up another goal a minute later when Zenden's shot was stopped by Martyn but his parry went straight to van Nistelrooy for an easy strike by the Manchester United new boy. And a moment later, van Nistelrooy almost made it 3-0 when he chipped the ball over Martyn but England were saved by the crossbar.

At half-time England made eight substitutions, whilst Holland made five changes. David James, who replaced Nigel Martyn, was forced to make a good save from Hasselbaink but in the process was injured by Keown and both players required treatment with James sadly being ruled out of action for several months. Richard Wright took over in nets.

Having made so many substitutions since half-time the game lost it's shape and England found themselves struggling to keep possession. There was a bright spell in the 66th minute for England when it appeared that Powell's shot his Davids shoulder but no penalty was awarded.

In the closing stages of the game, neither team had a realistic chance of scoring and Holland left White Hart Lane the victors.

England now have to re-group for an important World Cup Qualifier against Germany on 1 September.


Martyn (James 46 mins (Wright 48 mins)), G Neville (Mills 46 mins), Keown (Ehiogu 49 mins), Brown (Southgate 46 mins), Ashley Cole (Powell 46 mins), Beckham (Carrick 46 mins), Scholes (Lampard 46 mins), Carragher, Hargreaves (Barmby 46 mins), Andy Cole (Smith 70 mins), Fowler (Owen 46 mins). (Full Squad)

Van der Sar (Waterreus 46 mins), Reiziger, Stam (Melchiot 46 mins), Hofland, van Bronckhorst, Zenden (Davids 46 mins), Van Bommel (Landzaat 73 mins), Cocu (Kamphuis 80 mins), van Nistelrooy (Makaay 46 mins), Kluivert (van Hooijdonk 89 mins), Overmars (Hasselbaink 46 mins) .

Match Details

Holland Goals: van Bommel (38 mins), van Nistelrooy (39 mins)

England Cautions: G Neville, Carragher
Holland Caution: Kluivert

Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

Attendance: 35,238