A year ago, England were preparing for the 2018 World Cup with very little hope or optimism of going far. The Three Lions might have bowed out at the semi-final stages, but the tournament reinstalled belief around the England national team.
Fast forward to June 2019 and England are looking to become the first ever winners of the Uefa Nations League, adding a minor trophy to their sole World Cup success.
Gareth Southgate’s men navigated a tough Nations League group with World Cup finalists Croatia and 2010 world champions Spain, topping A4 by a point thanks to a 2-1 win over Croatia on the final day.
Meanwhile, Netherlands also topped their difficult group A1, finishing ahead of the past two World Cup winners France and Germany due to their better head-to-head with Les Bleus. It was the start of Netherlands’ recent revival under Ronald Koeman after missing out on two consecutive major tournaments, which has seen them rise back up to 16th in the FIFA world rankings, from as low as 36th.
But they are still a way behind their opponents, England would currently sit fourth in the world.
What you need to know
Netherlands expected lineup vs England
Netherlands: (4-4-3) Jasper Cillessen – Daley Blind – Matthijs de Ligt – Virgil van Dijk – Stefan De Vrij – Frenkie de Jong – Memphis Depay – Georginio Wijnaldum – Kevin Strootman – Luuk de Jong – Ryan Babel.
England: Jordan Pickford – Alexander-Arnold – Harry Maguire – Danny Rose – Michael Keane – Dele Alli – Eric Dier – Jordan Henderson – Ross Barkley – Raheem Sterling – Harry Kane.
Match: Netherlands vs England.
Date: 06 June 2019.
Time: 11.45 (UK Time), 7:45 PM BST.
Referee: Referee: Clement Turpin.
Stadium: Estadio D. Afonso Henriques.