England XI v Netherlands revealed: Arsenal talisman starts but Manchester United man misses out

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England have a chance to reach the final of a European Championship tonight - the Netherlands stand in their way. This is their XI in Dortmund.

The Three Lions haven’t exactly roared in Germany, but as they head into their Euro 2024 semifinal this evening they have plenty of belief that they can reach their second continental showpiece final, and he’s gone with an largely unchanged side from the one that saw off Switzerland over the weekend following their penalty shootout drama.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka looks set to remain at right wingback, with Manchester United man, Luke Shaw, remaining on the bench as Kieran Trippier keeps his place on the opposite flank. Harry Kane once more leads the line despite some calls for him to be left out, while Marc Guehi returns for Ezri Konsa.

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Southgate says that there’s been a change for the team since the knockout stages got underway, and he’s hoping his side can ‘break new ground’ by reaching a first Euros final not on English soil. He’s backing his boys.

"There's been a definite shift," he before the game. "One of the strengths of ours over the last seven or eight years has been less fear, less inhibition. "But I think that at the beginning of the tournament, the expectation weighed quite heavily and of course the external noise was louder that it has ever been.

"I felt we couldn't quite get ourselves in the right place. In the end, what was impressive was that the players ground out results and found ways to win. I felt that shifted once we got into the knockout stages and definitely in the quarter-final... I felt we saw a better version of us with the ball, freer. I'm not sure any of the messaging changed, but I just felt the group changed.

"You're now in that moment in the tournament where it's, 'what's possible? What's achievable?' Rather than, 'what might go wrong?' That's different for a player or athlete. This is now a chance to make history, which we've enjoyed doing. It's a chance to get to a first European Championship final not held in England, it's the first time England will have ever done that.

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"We are trying to break new ground. That's difficult and it's complicated but the players have responded brilliantly. You can bond over the resilience that has been built.”

Spain await in the final at the weekend, but will it be England or the Netherlands who join them? We’ll find out in a few hours’ time...

Here’s how the two teams line up -

England XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Guehi, Saka, Rice, Mainoo, Trippier, Foden, Bellingham, Kane

Bench: Shaw, Alexander-Arnold, Ramsdale, Konsa, Dunk, Gallagher, Toney, Gordon, Watkins, Bowen, Eze, Gomez, Henderson, Palmer, Wharton

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Netherlands XI: Verbruggen, Dumfries, Ake, Van Dijk, De Vrij, Schouten, Reijnders, Simons, Malen, Gakpo, Memphis

Bench: Bulow, Flecked, Bergwijn, Blind, Brobbey, Frimpong, Geertruida, Gravenberch, De Light, Maatsen, Veerman, Van De Ven, Weghorst, Wijnaldum, Zirkzee

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