England’s hopes of Euro 2017 glory came to a rather disappointing end in Enschede on Thursday evening, with Mark Sampson’s side beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands.
Having beaten France in the last eight and with Germany out of the competition, England had a very good chance of going all the way this summer. However, in the semi-final, they produced a weak display against a vibrant Dutch side.
After starting brightly, the Netherlands eventually took the lead on 22 minutes, with Arsenal attacker Vivianne Miedema heading home from a fine Jackie Groenen centre.
Jade White almost got England back on level terms soon after, only for her header to be deflected onto the post.
Just before the break, Ellen White went down in the box only for the officials to wave away the England protests.
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In the second-half, the Dutch continued to impress with Arsenal’s Danielle van de Donk outstanding in midfield, and just after the hour-mark, they doubled their advantage.
The goal came after a horrendous headed back-pass from Fara Williams, with van de Donk getting to the ball ahead of ‘keeper Siobhan Chamberlain before slotting home.
The introduction of Toni Duggan and then Karen Carney couldn’t get the English back into the game as time ran out for Sampson’s side.
Then, at the death, the Dutch scored again, this time after Millie Bright deflected Lieke Martens’ effort into her own goal.
That third goal was harsh on the Lionesses, however, overall they were second best against a superior Dutch side who will be confident of lifting the trophy on home soil.
The Netherlands will now play Denmark, who beat Austria on penalties earlier on Thursday, in the final on Sunday.
As for Sampson and co, they will now turn their attentions to the forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.