The major talking points from England’s Nations League defeat to Holland

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England lost 3-1 to Holland in the Nations League semi-final and will now face Switzerland in the third-place play-off on Sunday.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the talking points from the defeat in Portugal.

Sterling the skipper

England’s defence still needs to improve

Netherlands v England – Nations League – Semi Final – Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques
England defender John Stones was at the centre of Holland’s goals (Tim Goode/PA)

Alli should be worried

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Delph proves the exception to the rule

Netherlands v England – Nations League – Semi Final – Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques
England boss Gareth Southgate has remained loyal to Fabian Delph. (Mike Egerton/PA)

Teams must get used to VAR frustration

Lingard looked to have put England into the final with his cool strike only for the Video Assistant Referee to disallow it for offside. It was the tightest of decisions and stopped England’s celebrations in their tracks. While it was correct – with Lingard’s toe offside – the agonising delay will become the norm.

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