The Three Lions put in a confident show against the Netherlands, securing a 1-0 win after Jesse Lingard swept in the second half winner in Amsterdam.
The Manchester United forward who has scored 13 times for Manchester United this season, including a run of 10 sparked with two against Swansea back in November, was the hero of the match scoring his first goal for his country on his ninth appearance for the Three Lions.
This was England’s first victory over the Netherlands since Euro 1996 and also their first in an away fixture between the countries since November 1969, it also puts an end to a run of seven games without a win over the Dutch.
Gareth Southgate used the friendly match to experiment with his line-up, making seven changed to the England side which drew with Germany in November. Kyle Walker played in a back three alongside John Stones proving to be successful as England kept a clean sheet for the fifth time.
Marcus Rashford led the attack, flanked by Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard. The latters goal was on the hour and a good low shot from the edge of the area, instinctive, accurate and while goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet could have done better, it did not detract from the quality.
But the game once again drew negative press for the incidents that happened ahead of the match after Dutch police on horses clashed with England fans.
Footage has emerged showing England football fans involved in ugly clashes with Dutch police, including some fans marching towards riot police and hurling glass bottles through the streets.
Heavy handed coppers retaliated with baton charges with approximately six on horses. Later Amsterdam police said around ninety fans had been arrested in total on Friday.
Southgate’s men next host Italy at Wembley on Tuesday, a day after the Netherlands travel to Geneva to take on European champions Portugal.