Nations League: England to face Netherlands in semi-finals


England manager Gareth Southgate sat next to Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman at the draw in Dublin

England will play the Netherlands in the semi-final of the Nations League on 6 June 2019 in Portugal.

The hosts face Switzerland on 5 June at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao in the other semi-final, with the final on 9 June.

“It’s a very exciting game to look forward to and a second semi-final for us,” said England manager Gareth Southgate.

The winners of the Nations League will receive £6.7m in prize money, and the fourth-placed team £4m.

England reached the last four of the World Cup in Russia this summer.

They qualified for the Nations League semi-finals by finishing top of a group containing Croatia and Spain.

The game against the Dutch, managed by Ronald Koeman, at Estadio D Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes will be the first competitive meeting between the sides since Euro 96, when an England side containing Southgate won 4-1.

“We play a team in Holland who are at a similar stage to us – developing, lots of exciting young players in both sides – and you can see the impact Ronald has had,” said Southgate.

The Netherlands qualified for the last four thanks to a 90th-minute equaliser in their final group game in Germany.

Switzerland pipped Belgium to top spot by virtue of their superior head-to-head record, beating them 5-2 in their final game.

European champions Portugal progressed at the expense of Poland and Italy.

The Nations League, which began in September and featured 55 nations in four tiers, also provides a second opportunity to qualify for Euro 2020.



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