Our outstanding defensive prospect earned his 11th cap in Utrecht as the home side stunned David Platt's outfit by taking a 2-0 lead in the first half.
But goals from Fulham's Sean Davis and an stunning strike from Blackburn's David Dunn secured a 2-2 draw.
The sides will now meet again in the second leg at Derby County's Pride Park on Tuesday for a place in the finals.
Boss Platt said: "It was some comeback but when you're 2-0 down, you have to (produce one)," he said.
"I thought in the first-half, we were probably guilty of believing in each other a bit too much.
"I don't think we ever got going really in the first-half, but full credit to them because at 2-0 down in international football, you can go under, especially away from home.
"We changed one of two things around and were much better in the second-half, I was a little bit disappointed that we didn't go on and win it.
"But it's only half-time now and we have to finish the job off at Pride Park."
Ledley King's dreams of playing in next summer's European Under-21 Championship are still alive after England came from 2-0 down to draw in Holland in the first leg of their play-off last night.