The Netherlands will be looking for a sixth straight win when they host Gareth Southgate’s England in a friendly at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday night.
Since losing 4-0 to France back in June last year, the Dutch have won five on the bounce, beating Bulgaria, Belarus, Sweden, Scotland and Romania. This fixture will also be Virgil van Dijk’s first as national skipper after manager Ronald Koeman opted to give the Liverpool defender the armband following Arjen Robben’s retirement from international duty.
Like the Dutch, England’s last loss was at the hands of France and since then, the Three Lions are unbeaten in six, seeing off Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Lithuania and drawing 0-0 with both Germany and Brazil. In those six games, Southgate’s men have let in just one solitary goal- Stanislav Lobotka’s effort at Wembley in September 2017.
England recent results, form and goal scorers
England 2 Slovakia 1 (Dier, Rashford)
England 1 Slovenia 0 (Kane)
Lithuania 0 England 1 (Kane PG)
England 0 Germany 0
England 0 Brazil 0
Netherlands recent results, form and goal scorers
Netherlands 3 Bulgaria 1 (Propper x2, Robben)
Belarus 1 Netherlands 3 (Propper, Robben PG, Depay)
Netherlands 2 Sweden 0 (Robben x2)
Scotland 0 Netherlands 1 (Depay)
Romania 0 Netherlands 3 (Depay, Babel, de Jong)
Harry Kane is injured for England and so is Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal midfielder who has pulled out of this game with a knee problem. Southgate has confirmed that Jordan Henderson, Van Dijk’s teammate at Liverpool, will captain England in Amsterdam. Jordan Pickford will start in goal against the Dutch, with the Everton star in a four way battle along with Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Nick Pope for the No.1 jersey.
A look at the 10Bet sports section reveals that the Dutch are marginal favourites for this game at 2.45, with a draw being quoted at 3.20 and England at 2.95 at the time of writing.
In the seven times England have played away games against the Dutch, they’ve lost only once, and that came all the way back in 1993. Koeman is the first manager in charge of the Oranje to begin his reign with a game against the Three Lions. The former Everton gaffer has gone for a youth oriented approach as he seeks to rebuild the national team after their twin failures to qualify for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, with Ryan Babel the only player above 30 in his squad.
Former United star Memphis Depay will be key to the Dutch attack in the absence of Robben, Sneijder, Van der Vaart and Van Persie.
Head 2 Head (England v Netherlands)- last five games
England 1 Netherlands 2 (2016)
England 2 Netherlands 3 (2012)
Netherlands 2 England 2 (2009)
Netherlands 1 England 1 (2006)
England 0 Netherlands 0 (2005)
Netherlands v England kicks off at 19.45 at the Amsterdam Arena.