RICHARD Chaplow was made England captain on his return to Turf Moor and described his big day as "just like old times"

The former Burnley midfielder joined fellow ex-Claret Gary Cahill as the nation's young guns drew 2-2 with Holland in an international friendly in front of an impressive 6,851 Turf Moor crowd.

Chaplow, 20 said: "It was an honour to be made captain and both Gary and I got a nice reception on our returns, which was nice. We have both done our little bits for the club and the fans recognised that.

"Obviously I played there for a long time and although I thought it might be a bit strange, in the end it was like old times really!


Cahill, who bagged a collection of player and young player of the year awards following a successful loan spell from Aston Villa last season, added: "To see nearly 7,000 supporters turn out was just fantastic.

"Both Richard and I got great reception from the supporters and from a personal point of view things went well and I got another 90 minutes under my belt.

"It felt like coming home in many respects and it was just a shame we couldn't give the Burnley fans a victory, but at least it was an entertaining game and hopefully It won't be the last time I get to play in front of the fans."

England U20s were cruelly denied victory after a superb goal from Dexter Blackstock had looked to have handed them a win against their Dutch counterparts at Turf Moor.

Defender Tom Zoonjes headed home with eight remaining following to salvage a draw for Holland.

Before that, Blackstock, the roving Southampton forward on as a half-time sustitute, had expertly guided a header into the net from a left-wing free-kick by Arsenal's Ryan Smith after England had come from behind.

The Young Lions had the better of a fairly even first half, with some intricate passing the basis of their efforts. Middlesbrough forward Daniel Graham had the best chance of the opening period, seeing his volleyed effort from close-range well saved after he was played in by Richard Chaplow.

Chaplow was at the heart of most of England's creative play and stung the gloves of Job Bulters with a fizzing long-range effort.

The Dutch, whose first half attacking was, at best, sporadic, took the lead six minutes into the second half through Robbert Schilder.

The Ajax midfielder neatly controlled a loose ball and, 20 yards from goal, despatched an unstoppable left-foot drive past Martin, who had replaced Barnsley's Scott Flinders at half-time.

James Morrison, who was full of enterprise all afternoon, benefited from a neat back heel from Ian Henderson to go agonising close to restoring parity soon after.

His low shot from inside the box narrowly evaded the goal and the lurking Chaplow.

With England revived, it came as no surprise that Holland's slender lead lasted only ten minutes, as Grant Leadbitter celebrated his late call-up to the squad by levelling the contest after a foul on Smith slightly to the left of centre.

Leadbitter, the Sunderland midfielder currently on-loan at Rotherham, curled the resulting free-kick expertly into the far corner, giving the Dutch goalkeeper no chance.

With 17 minutes remaining England stole the lead by virtue of another superbly executed set-piece.

Winger Smith swung over a free-kick from the left and Blackstock, from 12 yards out, powered the ball into the top corner with his head.

That goal had looked to have given John Peacock's side a commendable win, but, after Fulham striker Collins John had hit the post with a rasping long-range shot, Holland hauled themselves level.

A floated right wing corner evaded the grasp of MK Dons goalkeeper Martin and Zoontjes was on hand to accept the loose invitation and nod home from virtually underneath the cross-bar.

England (4-5-1): Flinders (Martin,46); Ifil (Raven, 75), Barrowdale, Cahill, Cranie; Morrison (Hoskins 62), Chaplow (capt), Leadbitter, Smith (Croft, 82), Kilkenny (Henderson, 46); Graham (Blackstock, 46).