Netherlands vs England: How Dutch side could line-up in UEFA Nations League semi-final, including Manchester

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Live commentary for the game from the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Portugal will be available on talkSPORT from 7.45pm

The Netherlands face England on Thursday evening in a mouthwatering UEFA Nations League semi-final.

Live commentary for the game from the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Portugal will be available on talkSPORT from 7.45pm.

Koeman’s Netherlands face England on Thursday evening

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Koeman’s Netherlands face England on Thursday evening

The Three Lions have the difficult task of overcoming a rejuvenated Netherlands side.

Oranje boss Ronald Koeman has transformed the Dutch national team into a real force and his team is littered with immense talent.

Their centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt, wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool, personifies the team: a brilliant blend of youth, experience and talent.

And ahead of the game, Koeman has said he believes Netherlands have the best two centre-backs in Europe.

“I was not the quality defender of De Ligt or Virgil,” Koeman told the Daily Mail. “They are top, top players. 

“We have the best central defenders (in Europe) with De Ligt and Virgil. That’s great because you build the house, always, from downstairs. You don’t start with the roof.”

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Key man – Frenkie de Jong

It is no surprise the young midfielder has earned a move to Barcelona.

He is a superb dribbler and has the remarkable ability to keep a calm head and always pick the right pass under pressure.

De Jong was the crown jewels of the Ajax side which won their first Eredivisie title since 2014.

His superb season also earned him the Player of the Year accolade – an extraordinary feat for a 22-year-old.

But how could they line-up? Have a look at our predicted team below.

Is this how Netherlands could look against England?

Is this how Netherlands could look against England?