Harry Kane consoles John Stones and Ross Barkley after their howlers against Holland

 

England captain Harry Kane looked as though he was consoling John Stones and Ross Barkley on Friday.



The former Everton stars made costly errors on Thursday night as Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten by Holland in the Nations League semi-finals. 

Kane sat down next to Stones and Barkley during training and they looked in a sombre mood.   

Marcus Rashford gave the Three Lions the advantage from the penalty spot before De Ligt and Quincy Promes scored either side of Kyle Walker’s own goal.

Pickford was one of very few England players to look anywhere near their best on a disappointing night in Guimaraes and has backed Stones to learn from another setback. 

‘John has just tried to play it back and got caught – that is football,’ explained Pickford.

‘You have got to take risks, it is the way we try and play football. I made a good save low to my right and saw a player running towards the ball.

‘Kyle saw exactly the same and it was a very lucky goal, it was going wide but hits Kyle as he slides down but we still had 25 minutes of play and we kept going and we never say never.

‘I think we played very good football up until then and we know how good a side the Dutch are and knew they were going to press us all the way – we were unfortunate.

‘But the set-piece that went in, disappointed with that but we kept going and kept digging in and played some very good football with Jesse’s goal just offside, then mistakes cost us the game but the good thing is we can learn from that, we can move forward as a team and only get better.’

England face Switzerland, who lost to Portugal in the semi-finals, in the third-place play-off on Sunday.


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