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Hodgson rues questionable calls as England fail to recreate Germany buzz against Holland

England boss Roy Hodgson was left to bemoan some questionable calls as the Three Lions succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

The Three Lions were looking to build upon their impressive 3-2 win against Germany on Saturday, but they found themselves at the receiving end of a couple of controversial decisions by referee Antonio Miguel Mateu.

Jamie Vardy had given a 1-0 lead to England in the 40th minute, but the Dutch soon equalized after the referee awarded them a penalty for an apparent handball by left-back Danny Rose.

In the second half, the match official failed to spot Vincent Janssen's blatant foul on Phil Jagielka in the build up to Luciano Narsingh's winner.

Hodgson said: "Of course I was angry.

"I don't think either of the decisions were favourable. The second one was particularly harsh.

"With hand balls the ball has to move to the hand to block the ball. But I was more disappointed we didn't reach the same level of intensity and creativity as we did on Saturday, and our domination of the ball and territory didn't realise enough goal chances.

"I was hoping for a better performance in front of a fantastic crowd.

"We couldn't recreate the buzz from Berlin and the two decisions that resulted in the goals could've gone our way. But I still wouldn't have been satisfied even with a 1-0 win.

"At 1-0 up I was hoping we would kick on but we didn't."

Vyom Chaudhary
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