England got here from in the back of for the primary time underneath supervisor Sarina Wiegman to check in an excellent victory over European champions the Netherlands.
Substitutes Beth Mead and Ella Toone made an have an effect on as they each were given at the scoresheet in a one-sided 2d 1/2.
The Dutch led via Lieke Martens’ header sooner than Lucy Bronze equalised to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Mead then struck moments after Dutch captain Sherida Spitse hit the publish from the penalty spot, sooner than Toone and Lauren Hemp doubled England’s tally within the area of 2 mins.
Arsenal winger Mead added a 5th objective past due on to substantiate a powerful victory in a remark efficiency from the Lionesses in Leeds.
England’s victory, performed in entrance of a colourful crowd at Elland Road, prolonged their unbeaten run underneath supervisor Wiegman after she joined from the Netherlands in September.
They have only one pleasant final – in opposition to Switzerland on 30 June – sooner than opening the house Euros at Old Trafford in opposition to Austria on 6 July.
It used to be an entertaining fit during as England have been pressed intensely by means of the guests within the first 1/2 and located themselves trailing when Martens’ well-timed header stuck out Mary Earps on a nook.
Bronze then looped a go – supposed for Beth England – throughout the a ways publish to verify the groups have been stage on the smash.
The Netherlands have been awarded a penalty following a VAR evaluation when Alex Greenwood introduced down ex-Arsenal midfielder Danielle van de Donk however Spitse, making her two hundredth look, struck the publish.
Within seconds, England went up the opposite finish and Hemp curled it into the trail for change Mead to direct house.
The crowd have been on their ft and momentum used to be with England as they driven to increase their benefit – Toone sooner or later curling in a 3rd, sooner than Hemp pounced on a rebound off the publish to fireplace in a fourth.
It used to be a style of the thrilling soccer England are in a position to generating on the Euros and the supporters who chanted “we wish 5” after Hemp’s objective got what they requested for when Mead fired in every other within the death moments.
Those leaving Elland Road will unquestionably have come away feeling much more anticipation for the primary sport which is solely 12 days away.
England ship in opposition to ‘largest take a look at’
Wiegman, who led the Netherlands to the European name on house soil in 2017, mentioned they might be England’s largest take a look at of their friendlies sooner than the event.
They proved to be arduous to comprise within the first 1/2 as Lineth Beerensteyn got here shut on two events and Martens used to be unhealthy at the left.
But England bounced again properly after Martens had given the guests a Twenty second-minute lead and went up every other tools in the second one 1/2.
Wiegman admitted the neglected penalty proved a gamechanger, with England taking the lead only a minute later.
“We have been suffering within the first 1/2; the Netherlands have been enjoying properly,” she mentioned. “They were given the penalty and did not rating, inside of a minute we scored, after which we speeded up the degrees of the sport. The Netherlands had bother with that after which we simply stored scoring.
“Scoring inside of a minute used to be a gamechanger. We additionally confirmed in opposition to Belgium that this staff has intensity; we will be able to make substitutions and get the sport to the following stage.”
Toone and Mead have been explosive and dynamic after they got here on, striker Alessia Russo used to be continuously at the transfer throughout the penalty space and Hemp’s deliveries from the left have been pin-point.
There used to be a birthday party surroundings at full-time as 19,365 lovers celebrated with a rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’, the waving flags and scarves a style of what may come this summer season.
Toone shines as variety headache emerges
Wiegman nonetheless has some selections to make over her staff variety because the Euros attracts closer and the performances of Toone, Mead, Chloe Kelly and Fran Kirby have produced much more complications.
Kirby used to be given the nod in midfield – with Wiegman choosing Georgia Stanway within the 3-0 win over Belgium – and the Chelsea superstar used to be brilliant and artistic.
She related up properly with Kelly particularly within the first 1/2 however Wiegman’s choice might not be simple as Kirby’s alternative, Toone, stole the display in the second one 1/2.
The Manchester United teen, who had gave the impression in each and every sport underneath Wiegman previous to this month’s friendlies, were given at the scoresheet and it used to be her shot which struck the publish resulting in Hemp’s objective.
On Toone and Mead’s have an effect on off the bench, Wiegman mentioned: “They very lively and you should inform they have been having a laugh at the pitch. That comes into the remainder of the staff.”
With each Toone and Kirby offering robust choices, Wiegman admitted the midfield puts have been nonetheless up for grabs.
“Yeah this is, completely [a decision still]. We have such a lot high quality. We have been making an attempt issues out. We have yet one more sport to check out issues out then we will be able to be able to move,” mentioned Wiegman.
- 6GreenwoodBooked at 51minsSubstituted forStanwayat 63′mins
- 3DalySubstituted forCarterat 75′mins
- 7KellySubstituted forMeadat 45′mins
- 10KirbySubstituted forTooneat 64′mins
- 11HempSubstituted forParrisat 81′mins
- 9EnglandSubstituted forRussoat 63′mins
- 1van Veenendaal
- 5WilmsSubstituted forCasparijat 81′mins
- 3van der GragtSubstituted forDijkstraat 45′mins
- 2NouwenBooked at 29mins
- 12PelovaSubstituted forBrugtsat 63′mins
- 8SpitseSubstituted forEgurrolaat 73′mins
- 7BeerensteynBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMiedemaat 63′mins
- 11MartensSubstituted forvan de Donkat 45′mins
- 4van Dongen
- 10van de Donk
- 16van Domselaar
- Sandra Bráz Bastos
Match ends, England 5, Netherlands 1.
Second Half ends, England 5, Netherlands 1.
Alessia Russo (England) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the field. Assisted by means of Ella Toone with a via ball.
Ella Toone (England) hits the left publish with a header from a hard perspective at the left. Assisted by means of Nikita Parris with a go.
Goal! England 5, Netherlands 1. Beth Mead (England) proper footed shot from the centre of the field to the ground left nook. Assisted by means of Alessia Russo.
Beth Mead (England) wins a loose kick at the left wing.
Foul by means of Kerstin Casparij (Netherlands).
Ella Toone (England) wins a loose kick at the left wing.
Foul by means of Daniëlle van de Donk (Netherlands).
Leah Williamson (England) wins a loose kick within the defensive 1/2.
Foul by means of Daniëlle van de Donk (Netherlands).
Substitution, England. Nikita Parris replaces Lauren Hemp.
Substitution, Netherlands. Kerstin Casparij replaces Lynn Wilms.
Foul by means of Alessia Russo (England).
Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands) wins a loose kick within the defensive 1/2.
Foul by means of Ella Toone (England).
Jackie Groenen (Netherlands) wins a loose kick within the attacking 1/2.
Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) proper footed shot from outdoor the field is blocked. Assisted by means of Jill Roord.
Foul by means of Lauren Hemp (England).
Jill Roord (Netherlands) wins a loose kick within the defensive 1/2.