Matthijs De Ligt Makes Major Error To Gift England The Opening Goal

Matthijs de Ligt made a rookie error in defending after fouling Marcus Rashford and gifting England the opener in the Nations League semi-final.

The 19-year-old Dutch centre-back is highly rated and many fear the defensive partnership that he strikes up with Virgil van Dijk.

But De Ligt was caught out big time and clumsily brought down Rashford inside the box.

The Manchester United forward stepped up and converted from the spot kick to hand Gareth Southgate's men the opener in the first half.

Social media users have had their say on the foul, too.

De Ligt bounced back to head home the Dutch equaliser and force extra-time.

England then suffered a defensive meltdown in extra-time and gifted their opponents two goals.

Netherlands will take on Portugal in the Nations League final on Sunday night while Gareth Southgate's men face Switzerland in the third-placed play-off.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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