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UEFA Nations League

Starting XI: Netherlands vs England

Netherlands and England are set to do battle in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League tonight, with the winner of the tie set to face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the final – here is how both teams line up.

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UEFA Nations League

Teams: Netherlands vs England

Date: 6 June

Venue: Estadio D. Afonso Henriques

Ronald Koeman's youthful Dutch outfit booked their spot in the Nations League finals, after topping a group which featured heavyweight European nations France and Germany.

The Oranje finished the qualification stage with one defeat, which they suffered at the hands of 2018 FIFA World Cup winners Les Bleus.

Holland find themselves in a rebuilding phase following their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and have lost just three times in their last 15 encounters in all competitions.

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Koeman's side are no strangers to facing The Three Lions and will look to improve on their last showing against England, which saw them crash to a 1-0 defeat in an international friendly in March, courtesy of 

Netherlands will also be looking to get back to winning ways, after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Germany in their most recent fixture, a 2020 UEFA European qualifier.

Due to their involvement in the UEFA Champions League final over the weekend, Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum joined up with the rest of their teammates on Monday.

The three-time World Cup runners-up have a full complement of players available for their clash against Gareth Southgate's men.

After remarkably guiding England to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, the Three Lions have managed to reach yet another semi-final of an international tournament, under the watchful eye of Southgate.

England managed to book their spot in the last-four, after topping their group, which featured Spain and Croatia alongside them.

Since suffering a narrow semi-final 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup, Southgate’s charges have been in superb form, losing just twice, to Belgium and Spain, in the World Cup and Nations League respectively.

What's more impressive for England is that they are currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, scoring 19 goals, while conceding only four times during that time.

Southgate will be buoyed by the fact that his side have managed to put a whopping ten goals past opposition in their last two matches against Czech Republic (5-0) and Montenegro (5-1) in 2020 UEFA European qualifying fixtures.

England could be without the services of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who missed national team training on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old midfielder has been training alone, since guiding The Reds' to a UEFA Champions League final victory over Tottenham on the weekend.

The Nations League semi-final encounter between the giants of European football is the first competitive encounter between the two sides since they faced one another in the 1996 European Championships.

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Here is how both teams line up:
 
England: Pickford, Walker, Maguire, Stones, Chilwell, Delph, Rice, Barkley, Sterling, Sancho, Rashford.
 
Netherlands: Cillessen, Dumfries, Van Dijk, De Ligt, Blind, Wijnaldum, De Jong, De Roon, Bergwijn, Babel, Depay.
 
Which side are you backing to clinch their spot to face Ronaldo in the finals of the UEFA Nations League? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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