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England fight-back earns them draw in Holland

England shrugged off a poor first forty five minutes to score twice in the second half and earn a 2-2 draw with third ranked team in the World, Holland. Basic defensive errors had cost England dear in the first half, but a number of second half substitutions, notably Jermaine Defoe, Carlton Cole and James Milner, turned the game in the visitor's favour.

A sloppy back-pass from Rio Ferdinand allowed Dirk Kuyt to give Holland an early lead.

Then just before the break Gareth Barry gave away possession allowing Rafael van der Vaart an easy second after Robert Green saved the initial shot.

The Three Lions improved after the break and Defoe used his pace to reduce the deficit early in the second half.

Then, with 13 minutes remaining Milner broke down the left and crossed low for Defoe to slide in the equaliser.

England coach Fabio Capello appeared unconcerned about the first half lapses, explaining them to ITV1 as early season tiredness.

"I was quiet a half time telling them there was still forty five minutes to play, and I was sure the players would play better, and they did.

"The players were tired because of pre-season, and these gifts can happen.

The Italian was relieved that these errors only occurred in a friendly rather than serious competition.

"I prefer to give these gifts in non-competitive games rather than in the future when it is an important three points."

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