Nations League: England to Face Netherlands in Semi-finals
England will play the Netherlands in the semi-final of the Nation’s 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.