Kane unable to help Three Lions reach final
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 June 2019
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Harry Kane and Dele Alli came off the bench, but failed to prevent England losing 3-1 to the Netherlands
Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli couldn't help England get the better of Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday night.
Gareth Southgate's team suffered a 3-1 defeat in Portugal after extra-time to miss out on a chance at silverware.
Marcus Rashford's penalty put Three Lions ahead in the first half, but Matthijs de Ligt powered home a header to equalise and it forced an additional 30 minutes.
In it, mistakes proved costly for England with Kyle Walker diverting the ball into his own net with 97 on the clock and Quincy Promes wrapping up the victory in the 114th minute.
Captain Kane was on the bench along Spurs team-mates Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Alli, but the forward was introduced at half time in place of the injured Rashford.
While England created chances in the second period, they were unable to fashion any clear-cut opportunities for the Tottenham striker.
Holland then levelled through de Ligt and while Southgate brought on Alli in extra-time, it failed to stop the Netherlands sealing a two-goal victory.
It means England will now face Switzerland on Sunday in the third/fourth-place play-off looking to end a successful 12 months with one more final win.
Aside from those in Nations League action, Spurs will have others playing over the weekend it starts with Heung-min Son's South Korea taking on Australia in a friendly on home turf this afternoon.
Later today, Ivory Coast, captained by Serge Aurier, will face Comoros while Christian Eriksen, who revealed he would like to 'try something new' earlier this week, will be in action for Denmark at home to Republic of Ireland.
A lot of the focus after the Euro 2020 qualifier will be on the Dane superstar and he may perhaps provide another update on his future.
On Saturday, Juan Foyth's Argentina will play Nicaragua in a friendly while Belgium pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen should start for the Red Devils in a Euro 2020 home qualifier against Kazakhstan.
France captain Hugo Lloris will also compete for his country away to Turkey in Euro 2020 qualifying action with Moussa Sissoko looking to cap a fantastic season with a return to the national team starting XI.
Ben Davies will also be in action for Wales in a Euro 2020 qualifier away to Croatia on Saturday while Anthony Georgiou, of Cyprus, is set to feature for his country away to Scotland in another qualifier for the tournament next summer.
Davinson Sanchez is expected to start for Colombia away to Peru in a friendly clash on Sunday while Cameron Carter-Vickers is part of the United States squad set to take on Venezuela in a friendly contest at home on the same day.
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