England face Netherlands in Dortmund on Wednesday having only ever played two tournament finals in their history, winning the 1966 World Cup and losing the Euro 2020 showpiece on penalties to Italy.

Iran PressEurope: England will have their sights on a second successive Euro final when they face the Netherlands in Wednesday’s clash in Dortmund, but if victory in the 2024 edition is to be achieved, inspiration will likely be needed following a drab tournament so far.

The quarterfinal shootout win over Switzerland brought momentary euphoria for the English, but it was more relief than redemption. After another dull performance, England may require a transformation in attack to reach a third major tournament final, where Spain will lie in wait.

Gareth Southgate’s side have limped into the last four with tepid performances against opponents they should, on paper, have beaten easily.

“These are national events with huge pressure, with really young men in the middle of it. Our team has been under enormous pressure from the start. They’re doing so well. So well,” Southgate said.

“We’re not able to score a load of goals at the moment. But again, we’ve played three teams that play back fives, very well organised defences.”

Netherlands, meantime, have yo-yoed through, and were 20 minutes from elimination before their fightback against Turkey in the last eight.

The Dutch have become accustomed to scrambling, however, having fallen behind in three of their four scoring games. Their three wins were all in regulation time, however, compared to one for England.

The Netherlands also have the edge in attack, their nine goals at Euro 2024 coming from 20 attempts on target against 15 by an England side spearheaded by the usually lethal but currently subdued Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham.

The Dutch will bank on the tournament’s joint top scorer Cody Gakpo to trouble an England defence that has been solid in contrast with their jaded attack.


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