England are still fighting, still dreaming. At half-time their chances of topping their Nations League group and qualifying for the Olympics looked all-but over. They were two goals behind and deserved to be. But this is a team that does not give up. This is a team that knows how to win, even when they look beaten.
After Lineth Beerensteyn had given the Dutch a 2-0 lead, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp got England level shortly after half-time with two goals in two minutes. The turnaround was completed by Ella Toone in added time. The forward has now three goals in three games for England at Wembley - it is a special place for her and her country.
The Lionesses still have to beat Scotland and finish on a better goal difference if the Netherlands beat Belgium. They are three goals worse off than the Dutch.
They needed to win by two goals to have it in their own hands and that is why England’s players looked like they had lost at full-time. Mary Earps, who was at fault for the second Dutch goal, was in tears. The odds are still against them. But with Sarina Wiegman at the helm, you can never rule this team out.
‘We truly believed that we could turn it around,’ Wiegman said. ‘The players believed that too. We never lost trust.
‘I was happy we turned around the game but we were so close to 4-2. The team knew exactly what we needed to do and I thought we were very close, that was the disappointment. I’m really proud of the team and how we stepped up, showed resilience and turned around the game.
‘We can’t control what the Netherlands do against Belgium but we can try our best to get a good win and see what happens.’
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