Over 100 England fans arrested in Amsterdam after travelling to football match


Footage of England fans belting out "Fenian bastards" song in Amsterdam emerges ahead of friendly

By early afternoon on Friday there had been one arrest, but police say there have been several fights and some fans are looking for trouble.

Sky Sports reported that nearly 30 fans had been held behind bars overnight for drunken behavior in the Netherlands' capital as the Three Lions prepare to take on Ronald Koeman's Oranje side at the Amsterdam Arena.

Nearly 60 supporters were detained by riot police in the red light district of the city.

Jesse Lingard's maiden global goal secured victory for England, who are next in action against Italy on Wednesday (AEDT).

Josh Mahoney, 23, was in Amsterdam with family for his first England game and told the Press Association following the news of Thursday's arrests that the police were "very heavy-handed".

Around 1500 fans were thought to have made the trip to the continent to follow Gareth Southgate's squad ahead of the crunch friendly match, but plenty are letting England down with their rowdy behavior.

"I think it's important that our fans come and enjoy the game, that they support us in the right way", Southgate said on Thursday evening.

And they have been in good voice as per, with Englishmen up and down the country gathering along the historic canals that wind their way through the city.

The flare-ups in Amsterdam come a year after despicable scenes marred England's friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

It's been reported that at least 25 England fans have been detained as a direct result of the incident. As was reiterated ahead of the fixture, we always urge supporters to respect our hosts and behave in a responsible manner.

The FA said any of its members identified as causing trouble would be banned from the organisation.

"It's like they want England to push them back to make us look bad, " he said.

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