Netherlands 2 England 2 Amsterdam 12 August 2009
After gifting the Dutch 2 goals in the first half, Jermain Defoe came on to earn England a draw with a double in the 2nd half.
Dirk Kuyt intercepted a sloppy back-pass from Ferdinand in the 10th minute to round the keeper and squeeze the ball past Terry on the goal line. Gareth Barry was the guilty party in the 37th minute giving the ball away to Robben whose effort was blocked by Green, but van der Vaart was on hand to slot in the 2nd for the Dutch. Four minutes after the break, substitute Jermain Defoe ran onto a lofted pass from Lampard and curled it past Stekelenburg in off the post. Debutant James Milner delivered a low ball across the face of goal for Defoe to slide in and level the score in the 77th minute. England were the livelier of the 2 teams in the remaining minutes of this prestigious friendly and the draw will leave them ruing their first-half defensive frailties.
Defoe saves England with double against Dutch
In World Cup qualifiers Norway took advantage of Gary Caldwell's 33rd minute dismissal to sweep Scotland aside 4-0 in Oslo, while Croatia strengthened their claim for a play-off place in England's group with a 3-1 win in Belarus thanks to a brace from Olic and another from Eduardo. Carlos Costly struck twice for the home side as Honduras took a massive step towards the finals by beating group leaders Costa Rica 4-0, and Mexico closed the gap after coming from behind to defeat the USA 2-1 in Mexico City.
In friendly matches 2 goals from Cahill and a late screamer from David Carney condemned Ireland to a 3-0 loss against Australia in Limerick while Guus Hiddink suffered his first home defeat in charge of Russia; as Argentina came from a goal down to win 3-2 in Moscow. Goran Pandev scored twice for Macedonia against Spain but 3 goals in 5 minutes gave the visitors a 3-2 win, and Iran enjoyed the same result away to Bosnia & Herzegovina with 3 late goals cancelling out an earlier brace from Edin Dzeko. Cyprus fell apart in Albania losing 6-1 to their hungry hosts while Turkey brushed Ukraine aside 3-0 in Kiev. Egypt needed a last minute goal in Cairo to draw 3-3 with Guinea, and World Cup hosts South Africa lost 3-1 to their European visitors Serbia. Chile returned from Denmark with a 2-1 win, and Cameroon enjoyed a 2-0 victory in Austria with Pierre Webo netting both goals for the Africans. Saudi Arabia lost 2-1 in Oman while the Czech Republic ran out 3-1 winners at home to Belgium. Luis Fabiano saved Brazil's blushes with the only goal of the match in Estonia, and Uruguay lost 1-0 in Algeria. Ludovik Obraniak scored both goals for Poland against Greece, and Venezuela overcame Colombia 2-1 in New York.