Netherlands v Englands – Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques at 19:45 GMT+1

England will make a trip to Portugal to face the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League on Thursday. Both teams will want to secure the victory in order to claim a place in the final round. Gareth Southgate and his men were able to qualify for the last four after a late win against Croatia, a victory that led to the team finishing above Croatia and Spain in Group A4. Meanwhile, the Dutch have been one of the most remarkable teams in the international scene since the last World Cup in 2010, even succeeding past the two previous world champions France and Germany in the Group A1.

Netherlands will be under the guidance of former Southampton and Everton boss Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for a spot in the World Cup last summer. A lot of players in Ajax who managed to clinch the Eredivisie League title and showed just how capable they are by progressing in the Champions League this season will line-up against England this Thursday.

Furthermore, despite their loss to Germany In March, Ronald Koeman’s men are undefeated in their previous five matches and Virgil Van Dijk is the player to thank for Netherland’s recent development in their performances. Van Dijk proved to be a huge threat both for Liverpool and the Dutch side, scoring three goals for the national team in his last 6 outings.

On the other hand, England will enter this match in high spirits after winning their last five matches. However, they are definitely aware of just how much of a threat their opponents are. This season has been historic for English football, with four Premier League teams contesting for major European titles – the Champions League and the Europa League.

It’s certainly very exciting to see how the clash between these two nations will play out.

LATEST NEWS

–          Thursday night’s fixture will not feature Kieran Trippier, HJarry Winks, and Callum Hudson-Odoi for England.

–          Harry Kane remains a doubt for England.

–          For Netherlands, Justin Kluivert and Daryl Janmaat are reportedly unavailable.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Netherlands: 4-3-3

Jasper Cillessen, Denzel Dumfries, Virgil Van Dijk, Matthijs De Ligt, Daley Blind, Frenkie De Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Donny Van de Beek, Steven Bergwijn, Memphis Depay, Quincy Promes

England: 4-3-3

Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Declan Rice, Jesse Lingard, Ross Barkley, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling

KEY PLAYERS

Netherlands

Virgil Van Dijk was a big part of Liverpool’s success this season. He scored a great number of goals that ultimately led Liverpool to raise the Champions League trophy this year. England will definitely watch out for him since they are definitely aware of how big of a threat he is.

England

Raheem Sterling has been one of the key players for both Manchester City and the England national team. He was an integral part in Manchester City’s victory in the Premier League this season. He has been a consistent player and will definitely bring his game on Thursday night’s clash against the Netherlands.

MATCH PREDICTION

Netherlands v England: 1-2

This season has definitely created wonders for English football and England have the perfect opportunity to create even more buzz on Thursday night. However, with several key players missing due to other commitments, and with the strength of the Dutch’s line-up, this will be an extremely tough test for England.

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By @EliaasMJ

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