Euro 2024: Will God save the English king from wrath of the Netherlands?

Euro 2024: Will God save the English king from wrath of the Netherlands?

Eric Munene 13:30 - 10.07.2024

England the fourth team to reach the final twice in succession

The Netherlands and England are set to renew acquaintances in a highly anticipated Euro 2024 semi-final showdown.

Both teams, ranked 7th and 5th respectively in the world, have navigated through turbulent waters to reach this stage, overcoming early setbacks to emerge as contenders for the coveted European crown.

The Oranje, despite entering the knockout phase as one of the best third-placed teams, have transformed their tournament trajectory with a gritty comeback victory over Turkey.

Ronald Koeman's side displayed resilience and determination to overturn a deficit and secure a 2-1 win in Berlin, marking their resurgence as they eye their first major tournament final since lifting the Euro trophy in 1988.

Meanwhile, England's journey to the semi-finals has been equally dramatic. Gareth Southgate's men endured a tense encounter against Switzerland, ultimately triumphing in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.

This victory highlighted England's tenacity and mental fortitude, traits that have defined their campaign despite mixed performances earlier in the group stage.

Historically, encounters between the Netherlands and England have been fiercely contested affairs.

While the Oranje will seek to avenge their 4-1 defeat to the Three Lions at Euro 1996, recent head-to-head records offer promise, with the Dutch losing just once in the last nine meetings between the sides.

For England, the defensive solidity that has seen them concede sparingly since their last competitive defeat in the 2022 World Cup will be crucial.

Southgate's squad, bolstered by a blend of experienced stalwarts and emerging talents, aims to reach their second consecutive Euros final, building on the momentum that has made them formidable contenders on the international stage.

While Dortmund prepares to host this pivotal clash, both teams are aware that history and rankings count for little in the crucible of knockout football.

With a place in the Euro 2024 final tantalizingly within reach, expect a fiercely competitive encounter as the Netherlands and England strive to etch their names into European footballing lore once more.