On Thursday night in GuimarĂ£es, England will take on the Netherlands for a spot in the inaugural Nations League final.

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After a drastic early win over Croatia, Gareth Southgate’s men qualified for the last four, a result that saw the squad finish above the Croats and Spain in Group A4.

Jesse Lingard, Harry Kane, Kalinic Lovre

Meanwhile, the Dutch have been one of the most remarkable global football teams since the World Cup last summer as they advanced past the two prior world champions France and Germany in Group A1.

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England are two wins away from winning their first significant medal since 1966, while the Netherlands aim to end their wait for silverware dating back to the 1988 European Championships, with the winner of the competition facing the Portuguese vs Switzerland match winner on Wednesday.

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Here’s our breakdown of the enormous semi-final clash of the Nations League on Thursday.

Here’s our breakdown of the enormous semi-final clash of the Nations League on Thursday.

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For English football, this was a historic week, with four sides of the Premier League contesting the main European finals.

These conflicts, however, created a severe selection headache for Southgate, with all seven Liverpool and Tottenham players in the team appearing on Saturday night at the Champions League final in Madrid.

Jordan Henderson
One of those players was England skipper Harry Kane, who, despite playing for Spurs 90 minutes after the ankle injury he experienced in April, did not look completely fit.

Southgate is anticipated to rotate his side, with Marcus Rashford likely to begin ahead with Ross Barkley, who arrived in midfield last Wednesday in Chelsea’s Europa League final victory over Arsenal in Baku.

The large issue for the Dutch will be the fitness of captain and star person Virgil van Dijk who played the entire win of Liverpool over Spurs, but otherwise Ronald Koeman has a powerful side to select from.

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