The nation’s media are praising the Leeds star and had the £77m star ‘hot on his heels’ all night

Wales were unlucky to lose to the Netherlands 3-2 on Tuesday night but the national media praised Leeds star Dan James for his performance. James played 70 minutes in Rotterdam.

James, 24, made his 49th and final appearance of the 2021-22 season for club and country, starting top for Wales against a strong Dutch side. Trailing 2-0, Wales fought back to level the game 2-2.

Goals from Noa Lang and Cody Gakpo were canceled out by Brennan Johnson and then a Gareth Bale penalty in added time. However, moments later, Memphis Depay restored his country’s lead in the 93rd minute.

A solid performance full of combativeness and character, which has become accustomed to Wales under Rob Page. James, meanwhile, was working hard as ever in his 35th Wales cap – and Wales Online gives it a 7/10.

“Had Matthijs de Ligt hot on his heels all night,” Wales Online Report. “I got the ball back brilliantly for Johnson’s goal. Some of his decisions remain questionable, but his pace will always cause problems.

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Facing Juventus star de Ligt could have been daunting for James. A player who cost the Serie A club £77million (Objective). But as Wales Online reports, James made de Ligt look very ordinary.

Yes, the end product continues to be an issue for James and it’s more than evident in his stats. Five goals, five assists in 35 appearances for Wales – almost the same at Leeds; four goals, assists in 35 outings for Leeds.

It’s an area he needs to improve, but his ability to get Wales or Leeds up the pitch with his work-rate, tenacity and speed is second to none. He remains an incredibly important tool for club and country.

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