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Can England beat the Netherlands for the first time since 1996?

Last updated: March 20, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Friday, 19:45
Venue: Amsterdam ArenA
Coverage: ITV
Home Team Form: LWWWW
Away Team Form: WWWDD
Last Meeting: England 1 – 2 Holland
Competition: International Friendly

As England prepare for this summer’s World Cup, Holland fans have no such competition to look forward. A strong end to a mostly disastrous qualifying campaign wasn’t enough and Holland could only finish third, missing out on a playoff spot on goal difference to Sweden. England meanwhile will be without Harry Kane, with the striker injuring his ankle a few weeks back.

Winning their last three games in qualifying wasn’t enough and while it will surely sting not being in Russia in the Summer, Holland can now start to rebuild under new manager, Ronald Koeman. For his first fixture in charge, Koeman has named five uncapped players in his squad. The most notable among them is likely Justin Kluivert, son of Holland legend Patrick Kluivert. The 18 year-old has shown his skills at Ajax and earned a call up to the national side. As new players enter, many notable names will be missing as Holland make this transition however. Arjen Robben announced his retirement from international football after the unsuccessful qualification campaign for this year’s World Cup. Wesley Sneijder too has now retired from the international team, after talks with Koeman this year. Robin van Persie meanwhile has not been selected for the squad.

Gareth Southgate continues his policy of selecting players that are playing regular club football, regardless of their stature. That means that Gary Cahill hasn’t made it into the squad, along with Chris Smalling and Michael Keane. Joe Hart, despite playing just once for West Ham in the last few months, has been called up however. Jack Wilsere returns for the first time since England’s disappointing Euro 2016 campaign. The big loss for England is the injury to Harry Kane. Jamie Vardy will probably be the like for like replacement, though Southgate could opt for Marcus Rashford in a more central role, or even Danny Welbeck. In midfield, Southgate is blessed with a lot more options. Raheem Sterling, Deli Alli, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jesse Lingard, and the aforementioned Wilshere have all been in great form at club level and will have their chance here to push for a starting place in Russia.

Team News

Justin Kluivert is one of five uncapped players named in Ronald Koeman’s squad.

Robin van Persie is not in the squad, while Wesley Sneijder also announced his retirement from international football earlier this year.

Nick Pope, James Tarkowski, Alfie Mawson and Lewis Cook have earned call-ups to the England squad.

Those players enter at the expense of Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Michael Keane, who all drop out.

Expected Line-Ups:

Netherlands (4-3-3): Bizot, van Aanholt, van Dijk, Ake, Zoet, de Beek, de Roon, Wijnaldum, Kluivert, Depay, Babel
Subs: Cillessen, Fosu-Mensah, Hateboer, de Ligt, Tete, de Vrij, de Beek, Proepper, Strootman, Til, Vilhenna, Berghuis, Dost, Promes, Weghorst
Not available:
England (4-4-2): Pope, Walker, Rose, Stones, Maguire, Dier, Wilshere, Lallana, Alli, Sterling, Rashford
Subs: Pickford, Hart, Butland, Trippier, Bertrand, Mawson, Gomez, Tarkowski, Livermore, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Young, Lingard, Cook, Welbeck, Vardy
Injured: Kane
Not available:

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
29/03/2016 England 1 – 2 Netherlands International Friendly Vardy 41′
29/02/2012 England 2 – 3 Netherlands International Friendly Robben 57′
12/07/2009 Netherlands 2 – 2 England International Friendly Kuyt 10′
15/11/2006 Netherlands 1 – 1 England International Friendly Rooney 37′
09/02/2005 England 0 – 0 Netherlands International Friendly

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Both these teams are unbeaten in their last five, with Holland improving each game and England earning draws with Brazil and Germany in their last two games, despite missing many first team players.

Looking back, Holland have the better record against England in recent times. In fact, you’d have to go back to 1996 and England’s famous 4-1 win at Euro 1996 for the Three Lions last win against the Netherlands. England perhaps have the most to play for here with the players wanting to earn their place in Russia for the summer. Harry Kane’s absence significantly lowers the chance of England goals though, so a win won’t come easily. Nevertheless, the lineups will likely be two attacking ones and we expect both teams to get on the scoresheet. We’ll be going for both teams to score, which you can get at William Hill.