Thursday 8 December 2016

Video: Johan Cruyff honoured at Wembley during England-Netherlands friendly

Tom Allnutt

Published 29/03/2016 | 20:45

A tribute to Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff is shown on the giant screen throughout the 14th minute during the International Friendly match at Wembley
A tribute to Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff is shown on the giant screen throughout the 14th minute during the International Friendly match at Wembley

England fans paid tribute to Johan Cruyff at Wembley by standing and applauding in the 14th minute of Tuesday's friendly against Holland.

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Cruyff, who wore number 14 on the back of his shirt, scored 33 goals in 48 internationals and helped the Dutch reach the World Cup final in 1974. Cruyff died of cancer aged 68 last Thursday.

Considered one of the most gifted players ever to play the game, England and Holland supporters celebrated Cruyff's life with a standing ovation while an image of the former Barcelona and Ajax winger was shown on the big screens inside the stadium.

Cruyff won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax from 1971 and as a coach he led Barcelona to their first European Cup victory in 1992.

England manager Roy Hodgson described him as "one of the true legends of the game, both as a player and as a coach".

The Holland players wore shirts which each featured the number 14 on the front, while both teams sported black armbands in memory of the victims of the Brussels terror attacks last week.

There was also a minute's silence before the match following the bombings on the Belgian capital, in which at least 35 people were killed and 300 injured.

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