Cody Gakpo receives brutal L'Equipe rating from Euro 2024 loss to England

Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo has been slammed by foreign media and given a brutal rating for his performance after failing to impress in the Netherlands' Euro 2024 semi-final defeat to England.

The Dutchman could not prevent his side from being knocked out of the final four after a Harry Kane penalty and a late Ollie Watkins winner cancelled out Xavi Simons' early strike in Dortmund, with Gareth Southgate's men coming from behind to secure their place in Sunday's final.

Gakpo had been one of the standout performers in this summer's tournament with three goals and one assist in five games, helping the Netherlands to progress from the group stage and into the latter stages of the knockout rounds. Primarily operating from the left, he grabbed goals against Poland, Austria and Romania.

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But the Reds forward failed to hit the same heights against England on Wednesday, with the Three Lions' backline limiting him to time and space on the ball. He forced Jordan Pickford to push a deep cross behind for a corner in the 68th minute, but that was about it as good as it got from the 25-year-old.

Even though Gakpo didn't do anything particularly bad in the game, one publication made their feelings known on his performance by awarding him a horrendously low score. French news outlet L'Equipe rated Gakpo 4/10 on the night, with only Borussia Dortmund's Donyell Malen (3/10) receiving lower for the Dutch.

Gakpo was handed a slightly more respectable 5/10 by Dutch outlet AD, but the Reds forward ultimately failed to impress on the biggest stage. However, Gakpo should still hold his head high, regardless, following an impressive tournament in which he was comfortably his country's best player.

Gakpo had been in great form off the left flank at Euro 2024.
Gakpo had been in great form off the left flank at Euro 2024 -Credit:JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images

Without his goals, the Dutch would have been unlikely to make it as far as they did. In a final blow to the Reds forward, he is now out of the running for the Euro 2024 golden boot, with Spain's Dani Olmo currently pipping him to the award having registered one more assist.

Also on the losing Netherlands side was Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk, who was given a 6/10 rating by L'Equipe for his performance. The towering center back offered a respectable performance against the Three Lions but ultimately could not prevent them from coming behind to win. Fellow Reds Ryan Gravenberch, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez were not involved.

Gravenberch will head home alongside Gakpo and Van Dijk, where the trio are expected to have an extended period of time off before returning to first-team training for the Reds, while Alexander-Arnold and Gomez go marching on to the final in Berlin on Sunday.