After a scoreless first half, Arjen Robben opened the scoring for Bert van Marwijk’s men just before the hour mark, and Klass-Jan Huntelaar doubled the Dutch side’s lead less than 60 seconds later.
However a young Three Lions side fought back, and goals from Gary Cahill and a last-minute Ashley Young strike looked to have given England a draw, but Robben struck again in injury time to decide the game in the Oranje’s favour.
Interim manager Stuart Pearce stated that his side may have been slightly naive in the nature of the defeat.
“We probably showed a little bit of naivety and a slight lack of belief,” Pearce told ITV1.
“That’s something we’ve got to get into the squad, going forward.
“Once we’d got ourselves back into the game, we’re disappointed to have been beaten. But there were a few good showings, we learned a lot and that was the exercise.
“I’ve offered my services in the summer. I’ve really enjoyed the last few days, it’s been fantastic and the players have been outstanding. Their focus and contribution in training has been very good. I enjoyed tonight.
“I don’t think I took the post to prove anything to anyone. I’m in a situation as Under 21 manager and they needed someone to fill in on the short term and I also said “if you need me to take the team to the Championships in the summer (I will)” and that’s it.
“I’m sure they’ll go through the process of getting someone in place before the summer and if they don’t, then they know they have got me available and all the planning is done,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight