Netherlands defeat England, to face Portugal in final — UEFA Nations League

Premier League's European domination not all good for England. AFP

After making it to the last four in the World Cup and earning some high-profile victories after that, England plays Switzerland in the third-place game of the UEFA Nations League on Sunday in Guimaraes.

On what was his 50th cap, Raheem Sterling was afforded the honour of captaining his country, becoming the first City player to skipper England in a competitive worldwide since Colin Bell in May 1972.

Southgate labelled those fans that caused trouble in Porto on Wednesday night ahead of Thursday's 3-1 semi-final defeat to the Netherlands an "embarrassment".

England took the lead in the first half through a penalty by Marcus Rashford after he was brought down by center back Matthijs de Ligt.

"That was a bit of a different scenario to last summer against Croatia, where we felt we could have been tactically better and we stopped trying to play out". But we made too many mistakes in our final third, partly as a result of their pressure but also by errors by us.

The England striker picked himself up and converted the resultant penalty to give his side a 1-0 lead going into half time.

But he added: "What is encouraging is that it is very clear that the players are highly motivated as we go forward that they know that we have to be spot-on with the way we prepare".

With there being such a short turnaround since the semi-finals, both teams are set to make changes.

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"I have to support John because he'll get awful criticism for that mistake but he and Harry Maguire take huge strain on their shoulders and are incredibly courageous to do that".

"I think we've had some players who, at the end of the season, have found it hard in terms of amount of minutes on the pitch - and others having the complete opposite", Southgate said.

Ronald Koeman's side booked their place in the final with a 3-1 win against England on Thursday, with Portugal now lying in wait.

Kane only just returned from a seven-week injury lay-off and played Tottenham's Champions League final defeat and 75 minutes against Holland, while Rashford was replaced at half-time against the Dutch with an injury which could see him miss out on Sunday. But why do we persist with a game where the teams involved would rather be anywhere else?

"It was tough to take in the end", Southgate said. 'At the beginning of the season he was playing in all the big games.

"I think we've learned a lot from playing against a top team who posed us a lot of problems which we haven't faced in the past".

"We made sloppy mistakes giving the ball away but that's what we have to learn from".

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