Nations League: 3 Things to Look Forward to as England Face Netherlands

The Netherlands and England go head to head in the second semi-final of the Nations League, with the winner getting to face Portugal in the finals. Both teams would want to win this game and make their way to the final of an international tournament with the hope that they can win it. 

The last time the Dutch made the finals of a major tournament was when they reached the 2010 World Cup final. They also made the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup, while England's last appearance in the final was in 1966 at the World Cup, when they won it, and recently, they reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. 

Here are three things to look out for as the Oranje face the Three Lions:

3. Champions League Hangover

England will mainly be affected by the Champions League final, considering they had as many as seven players from the squad playing in that game. The Netherlands also have a similar problem but to a much more limited extent as Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum would be the only ones affected.

It remains to be seen how the teams line up and how effective they can be in the game as both coaches would be focused on getting the best out of their teams to try and seal their place in the final.

2. England's Poor Record Against Netherlands

England have not had great success against the Netherlands, having won only two of their last 14 games. However, the team has already notched one win against their opponents under the management of Gareth Southgate and he will be looking to become the first England manager to pick up two wins against the Dutch. 

With a highly motivated and talented group at his disposal, Southgate would be keen to help his team win and take them to the finals. 

On the other hand, Ronaldo Koeman has transformed the Netherlands side from their miserable situation a couple of years ago, but they are still a work in progress and would want to continue moving in the right direction by getting a win.  

1. Final Appearance at Stake

For both the countries, despite their proud history and tradition, reaching the finals of a major tournament has been problematic. Holland last reached a final in the 2010 World Cup when they lost to Spain whereas England have to go back to 1966 if they have to show when they last made a final appearance. 

So, this would be a crucial game for both teams in terms of their development as they look to keep striding forward with the Euro 2020 qualifiers coming next. 

Three things to look forward to as Netherlands face England in the UEFA Nations League semi-final