Jamie Vardy further enhanced his glowing reputation ahead of the European Championships with a second international goal in as many games - but he was unable to prevent England suffering a first home defeat for over two years to Netherlands at Wembley Stadium. The Leicester City striker pilled the pressure further on captain Wayne Rooney's place in the team after capping a fine move involving Adam Lallana and Kyle Walker which illuminated an otherwise poor performance.
Danny Blind's side had played the role of anonymous opponents during the opening 45 minutes but they burst into life after the break. Vincent Janssen netted his first Netherlands goal from the penalty spot after Danny Rose was harshly adjudged to have handled Luciano Narsingh's cross. And the home side felt they were unjustly treated again 13 minutes before time as the Dutch complete the comeback as Janssen escaped punishment for barging over Phil Jagileka and crossed for Narsingh to convert into an empty net.
Though the decision-making of referee Antonio Miguel Mateu could easily be called into question it can not detract from an England performance which failed to inspire as the momentum created by the thrilling win over world champions Germany four days previous was firmly stifled by a lacklustre display. Danny Drinkwater made an encouraging debut but many players will be left sweating over their place in the squad this summer after another inadequate showing.
Following the late heroics against the old enemy, England's players faced the last opportunity to impress Hodgson before he confirmed his squad for Euro 2016 on 12 May. Drinkwater was handed his maiden international appearance while Fraser Forster, Ross Barkley and Jamie Vardy all started after their cameo appearances in Berlin.
Opponents Netherlands arrived on English soil at arguably their lowest ebb for three decades, having gone from a third place finish at the World Cup to missing out on qualification for the summer finals in France. Blind's side was nevertheless awash with recognisable faces from across the continent including Ibrahim Afellay, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wjlnaldum from the Premier League.
Amid an evening which represented the 31st meeting between England and Netherlands, it was also a game riddled in poignancy. A period of silence was again held before kick-off a week on the attacks on the Belgian capital Brussels, while in the 14th minute the game came together to remember the life of Johan Cruyff who passed away on Thursday [24 March].
Prior to the tribute, a disjointed England should have been punished for an uncertain start after Ajax's Joel Veltman drove inside Rose and lured a tackle from the left-back in the area. Spanish official Mateu waved away the appeals for a penalty, to the disbelief of those inside a packed Wembley.
Though there was plenty of encouragement for Leicester's Vardy and Drinkwater - amid the Foxes' unlikely Premier League title tilt - the reincarnation of the diamond midfield ensured England looked unsure of themselves and lacking direction in possession during the opening quarter of the game.
Such was the uncertainty of England's start that it was the Dutch - still ranked inside the world's top 20 by Fifa despite their recent trials - who created the first clear cut opening of the half as Wjlnaldum forced Forster to palm the ball nervously behind. Vardy and then Daniel Sturridge mustered efforts on goal but neither troubled an untested Jeroen Zoet, before full debutant Janssen hacked clear Barkley's dribbled shot.
Zoet was forced to scramble across goal when a rare bout of urgency from England saw a quickly-taken free-kick find its way to Barkley who shot narrowly wide on the turn. The move triggered a marked improvement from England and they had the lead four minutes before the break when Lallana picked out Kyle Walker, who had ghosted past Jetro Willems, and crossed for Vardy to net his second goal in as many internationals.
The flowing England move did nothing to improve the general performance however and Netherlands were soon level after the break. Forster brilliantly kept out Janssen after John Stones slipped under pressure but from the subsequent cross Rose was adjudged to have intentionally handled substitute Luciano Narsingh's cross.
Janssen thrashed the ball past Forster from the spot to net his first Netherlands goal and it could have got worse for England but Riechedly Bazoer's shot from the edge of the box was tame. Theo Walcott and Nathaniel Clyne came on for the final 30 minutes yet Vardy continued to be the epicentre of every England attack as he forced Zoet into a fine one-handed save from range.
But despite the introduction of Harry Kane and later Dele Alli, England were unable to recapture the magic and finesse of Berlin and instead suffered their first Wembley loss since November 2013. Janssen avoided being reprimanded for felling Jagielka and as England's young team protested, the AZ forward crossed for Narsingh to slot home.