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UEFA Women's Euro 2017 S/F Preview: Netherlands v England

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 S/F Preview: Netherlands v England

England Lionesses face UEFA Women's Euro 2017 host nation, the Netherlands in Thursday evening's semi-final.

Venue

FC Twente Enschede stadium aka Arke Stadion.


All 30,000 seats have been sold for tomorrow night's encounter but, if you live in the UK then terrestrial channel Channel 4 and subscription Eurosport will beam live pictures to your TV or other screening device. Kick off - 7:45pm BST.


Match officials

Referee - Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)


Assistants - Manuela Nicolosi (FRA) & Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth official - Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

Did you know?

Netherlands lost 2-1 after extra-time to England in the team's only previous semi-final encounter in 2009.

The Lionesses beat Netherlands when the sides met in England in last November's friendly 1-0.


Team news

England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will be sidelined for a while having suffered a fibula fracture in the quarter-final 1-0 victory over France.


England's Jill Scott is suspended after the Manchester City midfielder picked up her second caution of the competition in the quarter-final win.

Here are five reasons why we think they can go all the way.



Third-time lucky at #WEURO2017 for twice runners-up England?


England manager Mark Sampson


'The great thing about where we are at the moment is that we are exciting the English public. It has been a long time since the English public had genuine belief that we could win a major championship.'


Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veevendaal is delighted to hear tomorrow's game will be a sell-out. She told UEFA.com:

'It's fantastic. We never could have imagined that so many Dutch fans would be coming to see us and that the people would be so enthusiastic. It really helps us a lot and they're doing a great job. It really gives us a boost.'


Good luck Lionesses, I for one will be watching and cheering you on!



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Writer:Cresswell
Date:Wednesday August 2 2017
Time: 12:15PM

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