Netherlands U17’s meet hosts England on Thursday for a place in the European Championship final. The game kicks-off at 7pm in Chesterfield. 

Kees van Wonderen’s side breezed through the group stages with simple wins over Spain, Germany and Serbia. However, they needed a controversial penalty shootout victory to see off Republic of Ireland in Monday’s quarter-final after a disappointing 1-1 draw.

On Thursday, Netherlands will meet tournament hosts England for a place in Sunday’s final against either Belgium or Italy.

England struggled through their group with narrow wins over Israel and Italy followed by a defeat to Switzerland. However, they put in their best performance in the quarter-finals, defeating Norway 2-0.

Team News

Van Wonderen may decide to make changes after the disappointing performance against Republic of Ireland, with AZ midfielder Kenzo Goudmijn one of the players hoping to come into the XI.

Possible Netherlands line-up: Koorevaar, Q Timber, Hendriks, Van Gelderen, J Timber, Franken, Burger, Goudmijn, Tavsan, Summerville, Redan

England will be without Xavier Amaechi and Ethan Laird, who are both suspended after picking up bookings against Norway.

Possible England line-up: Ashby-Hammond, Alese, Ogbeta, Tulloch, Daley-Campbell, Saka, Daly, Garner, Anjorin, Duncan, Appiah

Netherlands Players to watch

Daishawn Redan

Netherlands star of the tournament so far has undoubtedly been Chelsea striker Daishawn Redan, who netted three goals during the group stages. He was also the man who saw his penalty against Ireland saved, before netting on the rebound.

The U17’s captain has been a constant threat throughout the tournament with his pace and trickery but is also a deadly poacher in the box.

Liam van Gelderen

The Ajax centre-back was in excellent form during the group stages, with Netherlands keeping three straight clean sheets. He then netted a header in the quarter-finals.

Van Gelderen is not only tall, strong and excellent on the ball, he is a leader on the pitch and organises his defence well.

Kenzo Goudmijn

His name is translated as goldmine and Netherlands have a talented attacking midfielder in their hands with the AZ youngster, who has already made his professional debut with Jong AZ.

He has only started once so far in the tournament but may come in for Ihatteren, who disappointed in the number ten role against Republic of Ireland.

Goudmijn is a wonderfully talented number ten with great vision, dribbling ability and technique.

Ryan Gravenberch

The hugely talented Ajax midfielder has been used sparingly so far in the tournament but will be hoping for a chance to impress against England.

Gravenberch is a tall and strong box-to-box midfielder who is already a regular for Ajax’s U19 side despite only being 15-years-old. The youngest member of the squad has struggled to displace Feyenoord’s Wouter Burger in the midfield but could come on from the bench if Van Wonderen wants to add some strength to the midfield.




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