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Netherlands beat England 3-1 to qualify FOR UEFA Nations League final

Netherlands have qualified for the final of the UEFA Nations League after defeating England 3-1 in the Semi-final last night.

A brilliant effort from Matthijs De Ligt cancelled out a penalty from Marcus Rashford.

The match proceeded into extra-time with England committing two errors with gifted Netherlands victory in Guimaraes.

Speaking about the errors, England manager Gareth Southgate said:

“I think we’ve had some players who, at the end of the season, have found it difficult in terms of amount of minutes on the pitch – and others having the complete opposite,” Southgate said.

“I think fatigue has played a part tonight, a lack of match sharpness. I’m asking them to play in a way that puts them under huge pressure at the back.

“If we didn’t play that way, we wouldn’t have got to the semi-finals we’ve got to, and we would never progress to being a top team because you saw the way Holland played that way as well.

“They also made a really poor error at the back. But I have got to be there to support John because he’s going to get criticism after tonight.

“But himself and Harry (Maguire), the way we ask them to play, they take huge strain of the game on their shoulders and they’re incredibly courageous to do that.

Netherlands will now face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the final in Porto on Sunday while England meets Switzerland in battle for third place.

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