Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands debut ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat to England on Friday. Michael Bell rates the Netherlands players performances during the defeat.

Jeroen Zoet 5/10: Should have done better to keep out the goal but was otherwise untroubled. Made a good save to deny Trippier and came rushing off his line to clear from Sterling.

Hans Hateboer 6/10: An overall positive debut. Had some troubles with the pace of Rose but dealt with him well and also showed some attacking content.

Patrick van Aanholt 5.5/10: Like Hateboer, he got forward at every possible opportunity and provided some danger with crosses. Looked a little suspect at the back.

Matthijs de Ligt: 8/10 Koeman said afterwards that the 18-year-old was the best player on the pitch and it’s hard to argue against that. Strode through the game comfortably and looked untroubled. Was a bit lucky to not give away a penalty but a very good performance by the Ajax man.

Stefan de Vrij: 6/10 Was at times caught out for pace at the back but kept Englands attackers at bay for most of the game and made more clearances than anyone else on the pitch. Needs to do more with possession of the ball, though.

Virgil van Dijk 6/10:  The captain looked comfortable throughout the game and marshalled the defence well.

Kevin Strootman 4/10: I struggle to watch the Roma midfielder in Oranje because he offers very little going forward or at the back. His poor clearance led to the England goal and he did nothing to take Netherlands forward throughout the game. Always seems to pass sideways.

Georginio Wijnaldum 4/10: Looked lost in a Netherlands shirt once again. Also a bit lightweight when in possession and turns over possession too easily. Where is the Wijnaldum who used to drive at his opponents?

Quincy Promes 4/10: Looked to have pace but didn’t take on an opponent once when in possession. Offered very little going forward before being taken off.

Memphis Depay 6/10: The most lively of Netherlands attackers in the second half. Actually tried to make things happen and went close with a free-kick. Lost possession a few times in the first half which was frustrating but still looks like Oranje’s best attacker.

Bas Dost 3.5/10: Was given a chance to prove himself with Janssen out and he didn’t take it. Lost possession several times in the first half and showed no intent to get it back. Offers very little off the ball. Service wasn’t there for him, but there was also a lack of effort.

Ryan Babel 4/10: Came off the bench in the second half but didn’t make an impact

Davy Propper 4.5/10: Looked livelier than both Wijnaldum and Strootman when he came onto the pitch but was also guilty of some poor passes.

Wout Weghorst N/A: Came on in the 89th minute for his debut. Didn’t have enough time on the pitch but did run and put himself about more in four minutes than Dost did.

Donny van de Beek N/A: Came on with a minute to go and couldn’t make an impact.




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