England slumped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to the hands of the Netherlands in Guimaraes last night, 11 months after the Three Lions suffered World Cup heartbreak in Russia. Though plenty of positives have come out of the national team's rejuvenation under Gareth Southgate, ultimately we have still fallen short when tested by a high-pressing team with quality personnel.
Last night's crashing defeat highlighted the issues we have in this current Three Lions squad. Outplayed in the midfield by 21-year-old Ajax starlet Frenkie De Jong, blocked out by the ever-flawless Virgil van Dijk, it would be difficult to disagree with anybody saying that Southgate possibly got it wrong last night. With seven players involved in last Saturday's Champions League final, the 48-year-old decided to rest not just one, or two, but each of those seven players.
An understandable move which many agreed with before kick-off - especially in the case of Harry Kane who looked far from fit in Madrid - but would it have been more beneficial to stick with Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park as opposed to the seldomly-used Fabian Delph, who made just 11 league starts for Manchester City during their impressive treble-winning season? The Liverpool man would have been on a high following Saturday's Champions League victory over Tottenham, determined to imitate that success in Portugal for his national side.