England will take on the Netherlands on Thursday night in Guimarães for a place in the inaugural Nations League final
Date: 6th June, 2019
Time: 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes
Netherlands Team News
Who would you start in Netherlands midfield alongside Frenkie de Jong and Gini Wijnaldum against England on Thursday?
— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) June 4, 2019
Ronald Koeman’s men topped a group featuring France and Germany – the past two winners of the World Cup – and with the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Virgil van Dijk, and Matthijs de Light among their ranks, the Netherlands will pose a considerable threat to Southgate’s side.
Virgil Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum are in doubt for starting on Thursday, after playing Saturday’s Champions League final.
Donny van de Beek should start if Wijnaldum is not deemed fit enough by Ronald Koeman.
Steven Bergwijn, Quincy Promes, and Ryan Babel are in competition for two places in attack. Koeman has been consistent with his selection of Babel, which suggests he will start on Thursday.
Predicted lineup: Cillessen; Dumfries, Van Dijk, De Ligt, Blind; De Jong, Wijnaldum, Van de Beek; Bergwijn, Depay, Promes.
England Team News
Sterling: "Growing up watching England you have a dream to do that too, but I never thought one day I’d be winning my 50th cap. It’s a massive achievement that I will treasure for the rest of my life." pic.twitter.com/qMHhGEgTT7
— England (@England) June 5, 2019
England are in reaching distance of a first piece of competitive silverware for the first time since 1996. After a slow start, the Three Lions sealed their place in the finals of the inaugural competition after beating Spain 3-2 away from home before securing a 2-1 comeback win over Croatia.
England captain Harry Kane looked completely off the pace in the Champions League final and Gareth Southgate may go with Marcus Rashford up front here.
Eric Dier was only a substitute in the Champions League final and perhaps has a better chance than anyone else out of the Tottenham and Liverpool contingent to start here.
Predicted lineup: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Rice, Lingard, Barkley; Sancho, Rashford, Sterling.
- The two sides have identical records against one another, with nine wins and six draws apiece.
- Southgate’s side won the most recent clash between the two, with Jesse Lingard scoring the only goal in the Johan Cruyff Arena last March in a pre-World Cup friendly.
- That was the Three Lions’ first win over the Oranje in eight attempts, but the last competitive game between the European heavyweights was at Euro 96, where an Alan Shearer inspired England thrashed the Dutch 4-1 at Wembley in one of their greatest performances.
England are currently on somewhat of a hot streak; they’ve won their last 5 international fixtures, including Nations League victories over Spain and Croatia and Euro 2020 qualifying wins over the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
The Netherlands meanwhile qualified for the finals by impressively winning a group that included the last two World Cup winners – France and Germany – but they also lost to Joachim Low’s Germany side in a Euro 2020 qualifier in March.
Last 5 Matches
|Montenegro 1-5 England||
Netherlands 2-3 Germany
England 5-0 Czech Republic
|Netherlands 4-0 Belarus|
|England 2-1 Croatia||
Germany 2-2 Netherlands
England 3-0 USA
|Netherlands 2-0 France|
|Spain 2-3 England||
Belgium 1-1 Netherlands
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