‘Very confusing’ – England supporters left baffled as Lionesses and Netherlands appear to swap kits as Sarina Wiegman’s side thrash European champions June 25, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

England Women’s supporters were left baffled as they and the Netherlands appeared to swap kits for their international friendly at Elland Road, a match that the hosts won 5-1.

The Lionesses were the home side for the clash in west Yorkshire but opted to wear their change kit of all-orange, while the Dutch wore their second kit as well, opting to wear white, blue and red.

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The Lionesses left fans rubbing their eyes after wearing all orange at Elland Road

To make things more confusing, the Dutch side were wearing white, blue and red – the traditional colours of England

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To make things more confusing, the Dutch side were wearing white, blue and red – the traditional colours of England

With Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman in charge of England and Surrey-born Mark Parsons in charge of the visitors, it left talkSPORT commentators Joe Shennan and Lucy Ward scratching their heads.

Introducing the teams, Shennan told talkSPORT: “I’m seeing England in blood orange, managed by a Dutch woman and we’ve got a Netherlands side in blue and white and managed by an Englishman.

“I’m tying myself in knots already!”

Ward said: “It’s going to be really confusing and I don’t need any more confusion!

“I quite like this England kit, you can’t miss them for sure!”

However that brief confusion didn’t seem to matter much as England enjoyed a spectacular 5-1 victory over the European champions.


Martens celebrates her opener for the Netherlands at Elland Road

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Martens celebrates her opener for the Netherlands at Elland Road

England started strongly by posing a real physical threat to the visitors during the opening exchanges, however midway through the half it was the Netherlands who took the lead.

A driven cross from Sherida Spitse was played into the box and found Lieke Martens who planted a firm header beyond Mary Earps and into the far corner.

Parsons’ side, who were previously managed by Wiegman, came into the match as the fourth best team in world football, but England weren’t intimidated as they found a way back into the match through Lucy Bronze.

Just 10 minutes later, the Barcelona-bound star took inspiration from a Barca legend as she did her best Ronaldinho impression with a floated cross from the right flank that flew over the goalkeeper’s ehad and into the top corner of the net.

However Bronze hit back with her best Ronaldinho impression as her cross-shot found the top corner of the net

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However Bronze hit back with her best Ronaldinho impression as her cross-shot found the top corner of the net

The scores were level at the break, but the second half started with some VAR controversy as Danielle van de Donk was brought down by Alex Greenwood, allowing Sherida Spitse the chance to score on her 200th cap for the Netherlands.

Thankfully for England, her spot-kick went wide of the mark after clipping the post.

That miss provided clear inspiration for the Lionesses who immediately broke down the left flank as Lauren Hemp played a low ball in to Beth Mead who converted to give England a 2-1 lead.

The Netherlands didn’t achieve their stature in Women’s football without having incredible strength in depth, something they showed as they introduced striking sensation Vivianne Miedema from the bench in the hope that the Arsenal forward could help them back into the match.

Mead finished a wonderful counter-attacking move to put England in front

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Mead finished a wonderful counter-attacking move to put England in front

Hemp wrapped up the win with England’s fourth on an impressive night

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Hemp wrapped up the win with England’s fourth on an impressive night

However England appeared to find another gear as Ella Toone curled an excellent effort beyond Sari van Veenendaal after 72 minutes, before Lauren Hemp converted just two minutes later to put the game beyond doubt.

Mead then added a fifth with a calm finish from inside the area with just minutes to spare.

While only a friendly, a 5-1 victory for the Lionesses is a huge statement with just one match left before the start of this summer’s European Championships.

With such a victory over one of the tournament favourite’s under their belts, England will be quietly confident that they have what it takes to come away from the competition with some silverware to go along with their reputation as a growing force in women’s football.

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