Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Lingard scores as England pip Holland

Lingard scores as England pip Holland

WEST HAM UNITED'S Manuel Lanzini scored his first global goal for Argentina during a comfortable 2-0 victory over Italy at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, while Hammers teammate, Angelo Ogbonna, was an unused substitute for the Italians.

The 25-year-old has been in superb form for the Red Devils and has scored eight goals and made four assists in the Premier League for Mourinho's men to help them up into second place in the top flight table.

If goalkeeper is one position where Southgate is weighing his options ahead of the World Cup, then midfield is another.

The Liverpool skipper played a largely non-descript role, though, often returning passes from whence they came and opting to push the ball sideways rather than penetrate.

If there are still question marks about Lingard's place in Russian Federation, that goal and his natural gifts in that department, plus an ability to play in a variety of attacking positions or just behind the forwards, have gone a long way to erasing them.

"We are playing England and you see the difference in quality", Koeman said.

It was just reward for manager Gareth Southgate and his players after a controlled display with an experimental side, including Kyle Walker on the right side of a three-man defence.

"They, along with the goalkeeper, were able to play from the back with real composure".

Explaining the reasoning behind the positional switch, he said: "He has the attributes to play the position really well".

A strike from Jesse Lingard in the 59th minute ensured the victory went to the Three Lions who were largely dominant in the contest.

Many tougher tests await Southgate's emerging construction than a pretty tame night against a weak Holland working through their...

England manager Gareth Southgate had urged fans to conduct themselves in a sporting manner.

Ninety England fans were arrested in Amsterdam on Friday, taking the total to over 100 after 25 were arrested on Thursday. These two will be relied upon for much of England's attacking, but the players between them bring a few more concerns.

"I heard some of the booing of the anthem, which obviously isn't acceptable", Southgate said.

"So, anything else that takes away from that performance for them would be a great shame".

Sadly, some of England's supporters did exactly that.

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