England v Netherlands live - 'Leaked' starting lineup as Dutch plans 'in chaos' (2024)

England are 90 minutes away from the final at Euro 2024 - but they must first negotiate Netherlands.

The Three Lions have been far from their best at the tournament but have produced when it counts, seeing off Switzerland in the last eight on penalties last weekend. Gareth Southgate's impressive tournament record could see him finally end the nation's wait for silverware, but the Netherlands will have plenty to say.

They themselves are also one of international football's great underachievers and will believe they can go all the way with Spain waiting in Sunday's final.

Questions remain over England's starting XI and their system with Southgate largely sticking to the same players thus far, resisting calls for wholesale changes.

Mirror Football will keep you informed on all the latest ahead of kick-off tonight at 8pm.

Andy Dunn

Dutch goalkeeper confident about penalty possibility

Bart Verbruggen does not turn 22 until August and has played only a dozen games for Holland.

But the Brighton keeper is an assured young man who is looking forward to crossing swords with some relatively familiar faces in Dortmund. Verbruggen is the youngest goalkeeper at a European Championship in 60 years but he sounds as though he is almost relishing the possibility of a penalty shootout.

He said: “You always try to win in 90 minutes. But if it goes to spot kicks, we’ll be ready. You just try to prepare yourself as well as you can, together with the other keepers, our analysts and our staff.

“I’m comfortable with the idea. I’ve had penalties scored against me in the past, but I’ve also stopped plenty. If the moment comes [against England], I’m going to stand, with confidence, and try to be decisive for the team. That’s all I can do.”

Samuel Meade

Shearer avoided BBC wrath with comment

Alan Shearer has admitted to stopping himself from making a lewd comment on air after the BBC's live coverage of England's nail-biting victory over Switzerland.

Just like millions of Three Lions supporters, Shearer was particularly nervous when Gareth Southgate's side stepped up for their penalty shootout against the stubborn Swiss. In the end, England proved to be emphatic from the spot as Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold all nailed their efforts from 12 yards to take England through to the final four.

Shearer became understandably excited when Alexander-Arnold fired home the winning spot-kick. The Newcastle United legend may have written himself into sports broadcasting history when he hilariously said: "Pressure? What pressure? Pressure is for tyres?"

To say the Premier League legend was pleased with his line is an understatement. But the 53-year-old admitted that he chose that over a significantly more risqué comment which may have landed him in hot water with the BBC.

Andy Lines

England outnumbered by the Dutch in Dortmund

The city of Dortmund is already a “sea of orange”. There are tens of thousands of Dutch fans thronging the city centre and every square and street is mobbed.

There are hundreds of English supporters around but they are vastly outnumbered by their Dutch counterparts.

Dortmund is barely an hour’s drive from the Dutch border and clearly many fans have come over for a day out - even though lots don’t have tickets for tonight’s match.

Samuel Meade

Wright's Kane worry

Former England striker Ian Wright is concerned about the form of Harry Kane as the captain prepares to lead the team out in their Euro 2024 semi-final on Wednesday.

"We’re going to need somebody to put Virgil van Dijk under the kind of pressure we saw [against Turkey]," Wright said on the Wrighty's House podcast. "[Baris Yilmaz] made him uneasy and we're going to need that.

"‘This is why it worries me with Harry Kane and his form at the moment. I think we’re going to need a focal point in and around Virgil, to make him a little uneasy, backing in to him, leaning in to him, doing all the stuff that Virgil doesn’t like.

"He’s that accomplished defender who likes time, he likes to nick the ball away. So I think you need someone around him who’s going to make him feel a little bit uneasy."

Samuel Meade

Southgate's reaction to controversial ref appointment

Gareth Southgate said the controversial appointment of Felix Zwayer as the referee for the Euro 2024 semi-final in Dortmund was ‘not even a consideration’.

The German official was involved in a bitter spat with Jude Bellingham three years ago when the England midfielder blasted Zwayer after a game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Bellingham, then a Dortmund player, said: “You give a referee that has match-fixed before, the biggest game in Germany? What do you expect?"

The 43-year-old is regarded by UEFA as one of their top officials and they insist that is why he is in charge of the clash against the Netherlands. And Southgate is not bothered that Zwayer is taking charge of Bellingham on the big stage, with a place in the Euro 2024 final at stake.

The England manager said: “I think everyone who knows me knows I deal with referees with complete respect. I know UEFA appreciate the respect we have shown referees over eight years.

"There is a right way to conduct yourself towards officials. I am not concerned who the referee is. He will be at a very high standard because that is what UEFA demand.”

Samuel Meade

Owen pleads for Palmer inclusion

Michael Owen wants to see three changes made to England's starting XI as he urged Gareth Southgate to find a spot for Cole Palmer, but doesn't expect the England boss to include the Chelsea man from the start.

He told CSGOLuck: "I'm not sure I would keep the same formation to the one we had against Switzerland, we have played with four at the back for so long. You naturally have Marc Guehi who is going to be available again after suspension. Southgate has been pretty stubborn to his original team and has not made wholesale changes, he's just tweaked one or two players.

"So I don't think he's going to make many changes. But if it was me, I'd have a different team. Every time the camera pans onto the bench and I see Cole Palmer sitting there, I just think we have underused him. I would find places for Palmer for a start. But I think Southgate will stick to a similar team.

"I would go back to a back-four. If Luke Shaw is fit, I'd love to see him play left-back."

Samuel Meade

Van de ven's assessment

Several Premier League stars will don orange tonight - including Tottenham's Micky van de Ven.

He's given his own assessment of England, categorising them as a defensive outfit, but one who has plenty of talent that will keep him alert throughout the evening.

He said: “We understand they have taken a lot of flak from the English media but they are in the semi-finals and that says all that needs to be said about the English team. I think they play defensively. We will go and analyse them properly, but what I can say is they have a lot of quality.

“If you see the quality of the players from both teams, I think you can expect that the level and the rhythm of the game will be really high. Hopefully, it’s us that will have more of the ball than England so that it is England who do the running. But I expect a high intensity game.”

Samuel Meade

Southgate's battly cry

“We've risen well to those challenges over the years and used them as motivation to break new ground.‌ We’ve never been to a final outside our own shores. These are opportunities to make a difference and that’s how we have to look at it. We don’t want to be burdened by what’s happened before.

‌“We’ve got to use this opportunity to change history as a motivation and that’s how the players see it. It’s about their moment now, nothing that’s gone on in the past, none of that is their fault or concern.

“We’ve gone further in more recent tournaments. But nobody is thinking that is anywhere near enough. Now we’re in the real business end of the tournament which of course given that’s only the third time in however many years, that’s not to be underestimated.

‌“But for us as a group, the great thing is we’re not sitting here happy with a semi-final, we want to go further and our aim is to come here and win it and we are now two games away from doing that.”

Samuel Meade

Netherlands hit by travel chaos

Netherlands saw their travel plans hugely disrupted as they endured a horror journey to Dortmund ahead of their semi-final with England.

The second of the Euro 2024 last four clashes will be held at Borussia Dortmund's iconic stadium on Wednesday night - but the Dutch had a hard time getting there from Wolfsburg. Ronald Koeman and his squad were due to travel but a blockage on the train tracks halted their journey and left them seeking alternative plans.

As a result the Dutch were forced to make the trip via plane after a police escort guided them to the airport. They flew to Dortmund at 8.20pm local time on Monday - resulting in the scheduled pre-England press conference with Koeman and defender Nathan Ake being called off.

Samuel Meade

England boss defends use of subs

Gareth Southgate has defended his use of substitutes in the Euros.

The England boss resisted making changes against Switzerland until after his team went behind but says all of his subs can make a difference in games.

Southgate said: “I think it depends how the team are playing and there are moments where you feel the team are playing well and you can force a change.

“But if the team on the pitch are in the rhythm of the game and individuals are playing pretty well, yes you can put freshness on, you can put a different sort of problem to the opponent but we’ve still got faith in the players.‌ We’ve kept a consistent team, I think the team have thrived through that support, the confidence that’s given them."

KEY EVENT

How will England line-up tonight - the predicted XI

Well, if history says anything in this tournament, Southgate won't change much.

Guehi is expected to come back into the defensive line in what could well be the only change. Shaw will go close for a spot down the left, but may just miss out.

England predicted lineup: Pickford; Guehi, Stones, Walker; Trippier, Mainoo, Rice, Saka; Foden, Bellingham, Kane.

KEY EVENT

Southgate's ban

The great secret!

England players have been banned from talking about penalties to keep their shootout secrets safe in the Euros.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has used every trick in the book to improve England’s record in penalty shootouts. They won their quarter-final with Switzerland on penalties with all five takers firing home while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made the all-important save from Manuel Akanji.

Southgate has used several strategies to improve England’s record at penalties, including a psychologist, analysts and intense practice sessions. But in this tournament, players have also been blocked from talking about shootouts in a clear attempt to stop it from becoming too much of an obsession.

Samuel Meade

Morning

Well, today is the day!

Come 10pm tonight we could be making plans for Sunday's final at Euro 2024.

Three years ago we saw off Denmark in the last four, now its the Netherlands who will oppose the Three Lions.

England v Netherlands live - 'Leaked' starting lineup as Dutch plans 'in chaos' (2024)

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