Jesse Lingard's first worldwide goal secured the Three Lions a fully-deserved 1-0 win in Friday's World Cup warm-up friendly, but on-field success came with the cloud of off-field issues in Amsterdam.
The Three Lions were expected to be in a tough game with the Dutch but it proved to be far from it as they dominated for large parts of the match.
This was England's last away match before they travel to Russian Federation for this year's World Cup finals and they were rewarded with a well-deserved win against a Dutch side who will be one of the major absentees from the showpiece tournament.
Walker's understanding with Manchester City team-mate John Stones was a bonus and gives Southgate a welcome boost as he looks to pick a World Cup squad boasting a variety of versatile players.
Pickford impressed in November's goalless draw with Germany and he will get a chance to shine once more when Ronald Koeman - the man who sanctioned a £30million move for the former Sunderland keeper while manager at Everton - takes charge of his country for the first time.
"I heard some of the booing of the anthem which obviously isn't acceptable", Southgate told a post-match press conference later.
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"You would have thought that, with the inclusion of Sanchez to the United side, he would have been deflated by that but he's actually got better and we're seeing that now".
"You need to be comfortable defending in wide areas, but being a full-back means you are composed on the ball in those areas". They absorbed pressure when needed and saw the game out when Netherlands pushed men forwards at the end. The Manchester United forward had the bit between his teeth, but it was his close friend who would break the deadlock in the 59th minute.
Goalkeeper has been a problem area for England, as has midfield.
Holland: Zoet, de Ligt, de Vrij (Weghorst 90), van Dijk, Hateboer, Wijnaldum, Strootman (van de Beek 89), van Aanholt, Promes (Propper 66), Depay, Dost (Babel 66).
An injury to Jack Wilshere paved the way for Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to start behind Jesse Lingard in Amsterdam.