Netherlands vs England LIVE! Euro 2024 semi-final result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

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Ollie Watkins struck in the 90th minute to send England into the Euro 2024 final with a dramatic 2-1 win over the Netherlands. The Three Lions, as in their previous two knockout matches at the tournament, fell behind, as Xavi Simons scored a stunning opener inside seven minutes.

But England responded with arguably their best 45-minute display of the summer, even if they equalised in fairly controversial circumstances. Harry Kane was perhaps fortunate to win a penalty, after Denzel Dumfries attempted to close down his shot, but the England captain stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick. A cagey second-half followed, one that seemed destined to be followed by another 30 minutes, until Watkins gathered Cole Palmer’s pass and from the tightest of angles fired a brilliant finish into the far corner.

No English men's team has made it to a major final on foreign soil before and now they have the chance to become European champions for the first time, when they face Spain in Sunday’s final.

Netherlands vs England latest news

  • GOAL! Watkins sends England into Euro 2024 final
  • GOAL! Kane penalty gets England level
  • GOAL! Simons stunner gives Dutch early lead

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23:54 , Matt Verri

The Yellow Wall turned Oranje; England’s road to Berlin paved with gold.

On a famous night here in Dortmund, Gareth Southgate’s side conquered the Netherlands and broke new ground, the first men’s team in the nation’s history to reach back-to-back major tournament finals, the first to reach even one overseas.

The hero was as unlikely as they might have come in Ollie Watkins, seemingly the third-choice centre-forward at the start of the evening, but the man whose stunning turn and finish in the final minute of the 90 sealed a 2-1 win.

Thrown front-and-centre of the celebrations, Watkins smiled and bounced in disbelief, a moment in England folklore drawn from what might have been this tournament’s most thankless lot, as understudy to Harry Kane, and not the only one at that.

Read our full report here!

Joy for Southgate!

23:31 , Matt Verri

And then quickly locked back in to finding the players needed to park that bus.

Konsa and Gallagher swiftly chucked on to see the final seconds out.

Koeman and Van Dijk slam penalty decision

23:12 , Matt Verri

Fair to say the Dutch camp are not thrilled with the decision to award Harry Kane a penalty.

“Such VAR decisions destroy football,” Koeman has said.

Virgil van Dijk, who was booked in the second-half for dissent after the referee failed to award the Netherlands a corner, also took aim at Zwayer, suggesting that the official did not want to face the players after the match.

“The referee ran back inside straight after the full-time whistle, that says a lot,” Van Dijk said.

Koeman: England have chance in final

22:55 , Matt Verri

Ronald Koeman was asked in his post-match press conference whether he thinks England can have realistic hope of beating Spain in Sunday’s final.

"I think England showed great football in the first half after 1-0 down,” the Dutch boss said.

“It is football and maybe if you watch all the matches of them the Spanish national team is more offensive with wingers and great football from the back, great ball possession and you need to stop that.

“But England is in the final and they have these possibilities to win it maybe, from the outside Spain are playing on a high level but England can stop them, why not?"

Strong challenger...

22:49 , Matt Verri

I didn’t think anything could beat Ross Kemp’s living room when it came to the celebrations.

Can admit when I’m wrong...

Post-match thoughts from Bellingham

22:40 , Matt Verri

Back in Dortmund and another memorable night for Jude Bellingham.

He is one win away from capping a truly incredible season...

The main man has spoken...

22:33 , Matt Verri

You’ll see plenty of celebration videos from up and down the country in the coming days. Pubs, fan parks, the lot.

And yet nothing can compete with Ross Kemp’s living room.

Kane delivers verdict on penalty decision

22:27 , Matt Verri

Harry Kane has England deserved their controversial penalty in the first-half.

Kane got a shot away in the box and was then caught by Dumfries, though the referee waved away the appeals as the striker rolled around in pain. A VAR review led to the referee consulting the pitchside monitor, and he returned to point to the spot.

The England captain swiftly recovered to step up and take the penalty himself, finding the bottom corner despite Bart Verbruggen guessing correctly, and he was asked for his view on the decision after the match.

"My foot's hanging off so he definitely caught me,” Kane said.

“Sometimes you get them sometimes you don't. I was happy to step up and see that go in the back of he net. It was a nice feeling for sure."

Ian Wright suggested the officials were correct to award a penalty, believing the challenge from Dumfries was “reckless”, but fellow pundit Gary Neville slammed the decision.

“As a defender, I think it's an absolutely disgraceful decision,” the ITV pundit said.

Mystic Ollie...

22:18 , Matt Verri

Watkins believed it... and Watkins delivered it!

England ratings


Kobbie Mainoo 8

Drove forward with the ball and snapped into tackles in another enormously impressive display. Slipped in Foden for an effort which was cleared off the line.

Bukayo Saka 8

Electric from the right flank again in the first half, bursting inside repeatedly, including in the build-up to England winning the penalty. Unlucky to have a goal disallowed for a tight offside after the break.

Jude Bellingham 7

Relished the space afforded him by the Dutch set-up and was full of swagger on the ball in the early stages. But faded and looked increasingly leggy as the game went on.

Read our player ratings in full here!

One more to go...

22:02 , Matt Verri

England through to a second successive European Championship final.

They will face Span in Berlin on Sunday.

A blockbuster occasion coming up this weekend!


21:57 , Matt Verri

What a moment!

The angle looked tight, too tight... Watkins had other ideas.

FT: Netherlands 1-2 England

21:55 , Matt Verri


Ollie Watkins the hero - The Three Lions one step away from history.

Netherlands 1-2 England

21:54 , Matt Verri

90+5 mins: That should do it!

Bellingham wins the free-kick, and England will take their sweet, sweet time over this.

Netherlands 1-2 England

21:54 , Matt Verri

90+4 mins: Still we go on...

Any chance ref?!

Netherlands 1-2 England

21:52 , Matt Verri

90+2 mins: Two minutes added on... it’s going to have to be two more, we haven’t restarted yet.

Konsa on for Saka. Gallagher also coming on, replacing Mainoo.


GOAL! Netherlands 1-2 England | Ollie Watkins 90'

21:50 , Matt Verri


Palmer with the ball through, it looks like an impossible angle... but Watkins finds the far corner!


Netherlands 1-1 England

21:48 , Matt Verri

88 mins:England’s turn to push.

Saka whips the ball out to Shaw, who fires a brilliant ball in. Watkins can’t quite get on the end of it, it was nearly a huge chance.

Comes to Palmer instead, who fires high over the bar.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:46 , Matt Verri

87 mins:Clipped to the back post, Van Dijk challenges with Stones.

England want a goal-kick, the Netherlands want a corner... goal-kick it is. Should have been a corner.

Van Dijk makes his views on that decision clear, and is duly booked.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:45 , Matt Verri

86 mins: It’s all of a sudden opening up. This is disastrous for the nerves.

Gakpo allowed to cut inside, until Saka clips him from behind. Not a bad foul to make, even if he is booked.

Free-kick in a dangerous position...

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21:44 , Matt Verri

84 mins: England opened up down their right, orange shirts flooding forward.

Ball towards Weghorst in the box, Guehi slips but still recovers in time to get his body in the way. It bobbles into the safety of Pickford’s hands.

That was superb defending, absolutely crucial.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:42 , Matt Verri

82 mins: Bellingham dropping really deep to get on the ball.

Near enough another centre-back at the moment. He’s been one of the quieter players on the pitch for England, but he has stayed on ahead of Kane and Foden.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:39 , Matt Verri

80 mins: Here are those England changes.

Kane and Foden off, Watkins and Palmer on. Big calls from Southgate.


21:39 , Matt Verri

SAKA.... has not put England in front!

Foden slides in Walker, he fires it low into the box and Saka provides the first-time finish.

But the flag is up. And VAR confirms it.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

21:38 , Matt Verri

England look tired, which is hardly surprising after two 120 minute slogs.

The Dutch look far more likely to win this in the 90. Southgate is calling for Palamer (expected) and Watkins (surprising) from the bench.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:37 , Matt Verri

78 mins:Guehi wins the header against Weghorst in the box, drops for Simons and he doesn’t catch the volley at all.

Scuffed into the ground, bounces straight into Pickford’s arms.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:36 , Matt Verri

77 mins: England... can’t get out. This is a familiar feeling.

We had 45 minutes of fun earlier tonight, but it’s back to what we’ve become used to. England deep, letting the opposition dominate the ball.

Subs please, Gareth.

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74 mins: Brilliant from Walker, slides in and if he doesn’t get it right, Gakpo is clean through on goal. Or it might even be a red card.

Instead, he takes man and ball and England survive that scare.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:32 , Matt Verri

73 mins:Gakpo now too keen as he closes down Mainoo, brings down the England man.

This has been a really scrappy half. And you could replace scrappy with bang average.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:31 , Matt Verri

72 mins: Bellingham has been very quiet, particularly since the break, and he tries to get himself involved with a big challenge in midfield.

Slightly late as he slides in, and that’s a yellow card for the England midfielder.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

21:30 , Matt Verri

After a composed start, England have lost a bit of impetus against a compact Dutch side and thoughts inevitably turn to the bench.

Cole Palmer seems the obvious pick as first sub but Anthony Gordon and Trent Alexander-Arnold are among the players doing a vigorous warm-up.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:29 , Matt Verri

69 mins:Ake heads straight at Pickford, but the whistle had already gone.

There was a big old wrestling match going on between Weghorst and Rice. The Dutch striker near enough had Rice in a choke hold.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:28 , Matt Verri

68 mins: Pressure is starting to build on England.

Another cross is swung in, Gakpo finding space to whip it in. Weghorst and Dumfries there at the back post, Pickford flicks it away for a corner.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:25 , Matt Verri

65 mins: Corner to the near post, Dumfries gets up well but he can’t keep the header down.

England not looking particularly secure from set pieces, the Netherlands have had a few chances from them.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:24 , Matt Verri

64 mins: Free-kick for the Dutch, about 45 yards out on the right wing. Up come the defenders.

Veerman swings it in... great save from Pickford!

It dropped in the box, Van Dijk shinned it towards goal and the goalkeeper reacts. Corner.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

21:23 , Matt Verri

This is now a different challenge for England against a Dutch side who are sitting in and shutting out space between the lines.

Southgate warned pre-match that Koeman could be adaptable and now England must try to break through while being wary of the counter-punch.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:20 , Matt Verri

61 mins: Gakpo turns Rice about four times, as he drives inside off the left wing.

Plays it out to Dumfries, and Gakpo and Weghorst both want the first-time cross. Dumfries instead plays it back, and Gakpo is still throwing his hands up in disgust when the cross eventually sails straight over his head.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:19 , Matt Verri

59 mins: Kane loses the ball to Veerman, then throws himself to the ground and appeals for the free-kick.

Think he’s pushing his luck after that penalty in the first-half.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:17 , Matt Verri

57 mins: It’s all very cagey.

Neither side taking many risks on the ball, and you’d imagine it’s only going to get nervier as we move through the next 30 minutes.

And maybe beyond...

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

21:15 , Matt Verri

Definitely a more cautious approach from the Dutch without the ball in this second-half.

They were leaving three forwards high at times in the first-half in the hope of pinning England's wing-backs.

Now it's just Weghorst and the rest are getting in behind the ball.

It's testament to England's first-half performance but now they have to try and break down the kind of defence they've struggled against.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:13 , Matt Verri

54 mins: Chance for the Netherlands to break, advantage played as Rice tries to drag Reijnders back.

Simons’ progress is halted by Mainoo, before the Dutch goalscorer and Dumfries then both leave the ball for each other. Rolls out.

Rice has done well to avoid a booking for his earlier attempts to halt that counter.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

21:11 , Matt Verri

Given Shaw actually played left centre-half against the Swiss, this is the first time in five-and-a-half games at Euro 2024 that England have had an actual left-back on the pitch.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:11 , Matt Verri

52 mins:Stones briefly looks in trouble, bouncing ball and he’s isolated as Reijnders and Weghorst close him down.

Calm as ever, though. Skips away from the orange shirts, even as he has his heels clipped.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:08 , Matt Verri

49 mins: Long throw, Saka gets in behind Ake and to the byline.

Cut-back is a good one... into empty space. Kane nowhere to be seen, nor Foden and Bellingham.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

21:07 , Matt Verri

England have got players hugging both touchlines. I don't think we've seen that all summer.

Netherlands 1-1 England

21:07 , Matt Verri

47 mins:“What are you doing?” is the question from Stones, as Weghorst basically just kicks him.

Subtle not really a word you’d use to describe the striker’s game...

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

21:04 , Matt Verri

Is that decisive, foot-on-throat Gareth Southgate I see?

A big call if there are still any reservations over Shaw's fitness, given he's probably going to end up playing almost a full 90 minutes (with stoppage time) if this goes all the way to penalties.

Back underway!

21:04 , Matt Verri

Second-half is up and running.

Changes from both at the break. Shaw is on for England, replacing Trippier. That feels like a really good change.

And Weghorst introduced for the Dutch, as Malen comes off.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:59 , Matt Verri

Luke Shaw is warming up with a fitness coach on the pitch during the interval.

Gareth Southgate must know that with a proper left flank, England will be even more dangerous and much harder to contain in the second half.


20:57 , Matt Verri

Foden and Mainoo have probably been England’s best players.

The Man City star had one brilliant effort smack against the woodwork, and that came after he had already seen Dumfries get back on the line to deny him.

Inches away...

Harsh decision?

20:54 , Matt Verri

Here is that Dumfries challenge on Kane.

Dutch defender did catch Kane after the striker got the shot away, so he can’t feel entirely hard done by.

Still feels harsh. Very harsh. I won’t be losing much sleep over it, though...

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:50 , Matt Verri

Jordan Pickford signalled at Kyle Walker: "Use your head".

Moments before half-time and in trying to be too clever he might well have gifted the Dutch a chance.

HT: Netherlands 1-1 England

20:49 , Matt Verri

And that’s half-time.

Has to be England’s best 45 minutes of the tournament, even if that is an incredibly low bar.

Simons’ stunner gave the Dutch the lead, but Kane’s penalty levelled it up and they have been well on top since.

Level at the break.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:48 , Matt Verri

45+2 mins: Dutch keeping the ball as we tick towards half-time.

Dumfries tries to inject a bit of pace into things, but he runs straight at Trippier.

On the other flank, Ake keeps the ball in under pressure from Walker. The defender is then in the box as the ball comes in, but Ake flicks it out for a goal-kick.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:45 , Matt Verri

45 mins:Trippier uses his left foot!

Has no choice as Bellingham plays in him on the overlap, but the wing-back can only chip a cross into Verbruggen’s hands.

Three minutes added on.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:44 , Matt Verri

43 mins:Netherlands finding it difficult to get out of their own half.

England dominating, Bellingham loses the ball briefly but immediately has the strength to win it back. Low ball into the box, can’t quite pick out Kane.

England do not want half-time.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:42 , Matt Verri

41 mins: Gakpo tries to get the Dutch up the pitch, but once again Mainoo is on the scene and wins it back for England.

Tries his luck from 25 yards out, shot charged down. At long, long last the England midfield is functioning.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:40 , Matt Verri

Phil Foden is having so much fun out there that he's now drifting over to the left by choice.

For the first time this summer, we've seen the Footballer of the Year.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:39 , Matt Verri

39 mins: Good news is, the right flank is looking dangerous.

Mainoo impressive, he’s involved as the ball comes back to Foden. He’s 20 yards out, again gets the shot away and Verbruggen is down well to save.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:39 , Matt Verri

38 mins: Foden has been superb, he’s drifting around the final third and having a real influence. England finally starting to see the best of him.

Still a familiar issue on that left wing - Trippier has not yet discovered any interest in using his left foot.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:36 , Matt Verri

36 mins:So an extra body in midfield now for the Netherlands, with England dominating in that area of the pitch.

Looks like it will now be Malen through the middle, Simons to his right and Gakpo on the left.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:35 , Matt Verri

34 mins: Concern here for the Dutch.

Depay has gone down off the ball, he has the look of a man who knows his night is done.

And it is. Veerman is on - Weghorst will have to keep waiting for his chance.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:33 , Matt Verri

Denzel Dumfries is one of my favourite kinds of footballers.

You watch him every two years for a few weeks and he's basically involved in every other incident in every game he plays.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:32 , Matt Verri

Poor Phil Foden, who has now twice hit the woodwork, had a goal disallowed and had one cleared off the line at this Euros.

As his latest effort clips the outside of the post, he shrugs as if to say 'what more can I do?'

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:32 , Matt Verri

32 mins: Kane tries to fire a pass through to Bellingham in the box, it’s cut out.

Mainoo comes sliding in to win it back, Saka gets to the byline and stands up a cross to the back post. Dutch clear it.

Here come England again... and the woodwork denies them!

Foden from 25 yards out, curling strike looks destined for the far corner but it flicks off the outside of the post. Nearly stunning.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:29 , Matt Verri

29 mins:Have been a couple moments when England have looked open in midfield.

Depay can drive towards goal, Malen makes the dart inside through the middle but it’s a brilliant challenge from Walker to turn it behind for a corner.

Off the bar! Simons with the out-swinger, Dumfries with the header... smacks against the woodwork.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:28 , Matt Verri

If Dumfries was unlucky with the penalty, has he gotten away with one there?

Foden looked to be away and his tackle was enough to slow the England man. Had he gone down, might the Dutchman have been looking at a second yellow card?

We've not seen a replay but Foden was convinced he'd been clipped.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:27 , Matt Verri

27 mins:Netherlands starting to see a bit more of the ball, signs they are coming through a tough spell.

Have slowed it right down, as England sit back in their shape.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:26 , Matt Verri

25 mins: England well on top at the moment, this is near enough as good as they’ve looked in attack all tournament.

Foden very nearly away, gets a shove as he looks to be in on goal... referee waves away the appeals.

Came seconds after Kane thought he had been brought down and again England were left frustrated.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:23 , Matt Verri

23 mins: OFF THE LINE!

England are inches away from taking the lead. It’s sensational from Foden, his footwork in the box is so, so good.

Eventually he does roll a finish past Verbruggen at the near post, but Dumfries is back to clear. Just.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:22 , Matt Verri

22 mins:Kane drifts out to the left wing, plays a big switch out to Walker on the opposite flank.

He brings it down, but it’s a poor lay-off to Saka. Good pressing from England to ensure Depay can’t mount a counter.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:21 , Matt Verri

It's a soft penalty but if you catch a player after playing a pass in the middle of the park, it's usually a foul.

So why not when you catch a player after shooting?

Either way, England have a lifeline and have responded from falling behind for the third knockout tie running.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:20 , Matt Verri

You felt it was so important that England hit back quickly and they have.

A bit of good fortune, for my money (and that's not a bribe pun) but they'll take it.

Netherlands 1-1 England

20:20 , Matt Verri

20 mins:We had a frantic start and a thoroughly entertaining first-half in yesterday’s semi-final, and it’s more of the same here so far.

Best of luck guessing what’s in store over the next 70 minutes, maybe longer. Not a clue.

GOAL! Netherlands 1-1 England | Harry Kane 18'

20:18 , Matt Verri


Goalkeeper went the right way, but Kane finds the bottom corner and England are level!

Who cares if it’s harsh...

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:17 , Matt Verri

Wow. I'm delighted but I didn't think that had a chance of being given.

It's what Tony Adams used to call a "free one", where the striker is getting a shot off and the defender usually gets away with taking the man in his desperation to block.


20:17 , Matt Verri

It is given!

WOW. Kane got his shot away, then got caught by Dumfries who came charging in to block.

And Dumfries is booked.


VAR check for this....

And the referee is over to look at the monitor! This would be outrageously harsh.

Netherlands 1-0 England

20:14 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Saka inside, further inside, further inside... shot blocked in the box.

Falls for Kane, he smashes a shot just over the bar. Got caught by Dumfries in the process, and the England captain rolls around looking for a penalty.

Referee couldn’t care less.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:13 , Matt Verri

Well, we saw an early goal set last night's semi-final alight.

Spain came from behind to reach Berlin in that one - now England will have to do the same. Good job they've had a bit of practice, really...

Netherlands 1-0 England

20:13 , Matt Verri

13 mins: Another Dutch foul, another England free-kick.

It’s swung to the back post this time, Rice is free at the back post but his volley back into the middle isn’t a great one.

Good response from falling behind, though, from England. Kane now tries his luck from 30 yards out, comfortable save.

Netherlands 1-0 England

20:11 , Matt Verri

11 mins: Bellingham needs a bit of treatment, after taking a blow to his head. He’ll be fine to continue and England have a free-kick in a good position.

Trippier and Foden standing over it. It’s Foden, decent ball in but headed clear.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund


It's screamer from Xavi Simons and another brilliant goal to illuminate the semi-finals after Lamine Yamal's strike last night.

But it's a bad moment for Declan Rice, who was pickpocketed by the PSV midfielder 30 yards from goal.

GOAL! Netherlands 1-0 England | Xavi Simons 7'

20:07 , Matt Verri

Stunning from Simons!

Worst possible start for England. Rice caught on the ball, and Simons can drive at the defence.

He lets fly from 20 yards, and it’s a sensational strike. Flies into the top corner, Pickford no chance.

Netherlands 0-0 England

20:06 , Matt Verri

6 mins: Saka wins it back off Gakpo and leads the counter, playing a one-two with Kane who gets clattered in the process.

Arsenal man drifts inside, all the way to the opposite flank but there’s nobody there to support him. Has to turn back.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:05 , Matt Verri

Who has 2:45 on the clock when the first divot was taken out of the pitch?

In fairness, they've had a fair bit of weather to deal with at this ground over the last few weeks.

Netherlands 0-0 England

20:04 , Matt Verri

4 mins: First dangerous moment in attack, England are alarmingly open. Trippier nowhere to be seen, which is a bit strange as he wasn’t particularly noticeable in attack either.

Malen makes the run through the middle, pass is slightly behind him and England scramble clear.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:03 , Matt Verri

England are in a back-five out of possession, with Kyle Walker tucking in and Bukayo Saka moving to the right side of defence.

It's more fluid when England have the ball, allowing Saka to push high. Another big job for the Arsenal winger this evening.

Netherlands 0-0 England

20:02 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Netherlands immediately trying to go long down the channels, offside flag gets England out of trouble.

Bellingham then caught on the ball by Simons - Dutch have made the sharper start.


20:00 , Matt Verri

We’re up and running in this semi-final!

Strap. In.

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

20:00 , Matt Verri

What an atmosphere. The smoke from the canons is just hanging in the air adding to it all.

Brilliant colours, brilliant noise. Proper football match.

Here we go!

19:55 , Matt Verri

Teams are out, UEFA music blaring out.

Thankfully that finally stops - time for the anthems.

Dutch fans are ready...

19:53 , Matt Verri

It’s a Dutch takeover in Dortmund!

Players are in the tunnel, ready to be met with a wall of noise.

Southgate explains Guehi decision

19:50 , Matt Verri

As we’ve covered, just the one change for England tonight. Marc Guehi returns from suspension and he’s straight back in to replace Ezri Konsa.

The Aston Villa man was impressive against Switzerland, but Guehi shone in the opening matches of the tournament and the England boss has kept faith in him.

“He'd been so good,” Southgate has said pre-match.

"It wasn't an easy call but we didn't feel Marc deserved to be left out after his start to the tournament."

Malik Ouzia at BVB Stadion Dortmund

19:46 , Matt Verri

A decent chorus of boos as referee Felix Zwayer's name is read out.

Weirdly, it didn't seem to come from the main England end, which is halfway through a burst of Don't Take Me Home.

Pre-match thoughts from Ronald Koeman

19:41 , Matt Verri

We’ve heard from the England camp - time to take a look at what Koeman has to say about things.

His side finished third in their group, but edged through and, after wins over Romania and Turkey, find themselves in the last-four.

Dan Kilpatrick at BVB Stadion Dortmund


The Yellow Wall -- the name for the iconic single-tier stand here at Borussia Dortmund's home -- will be transformed into the Orange Wall tonight.

The Dutch fans, who look set to outnumber their England counterparts, are filling that end, in front of where their players are now warming up.

There are no surprises in Gareth Southgate's XI -- Marc Guehi always seemed likely to return and Luke Shaw can expect to come off the bench again -- but the question is whether the England manager sticks with the back-three in possession he used against Switzerland.

The Dutch will line up in their usual 4-3-3 system, with head coach Ronald Koeman resisting the temptation to include battering ram Wout Weghorst in the starting XI.

The striker remains their go-to Plan B on the bench.

"Thousands and thousands more Dutch fans"

19:34 , Matt Verri

England supporters will do well to make themselves heard tonight...

Southgate: This many semi-finals not normal

19:31 , Matt Verri

Gareth Southgate has been speaking ahead of kick-off, urging his side to rise to the occasion as they take to the pitch in another semi-final.

"I'm looking forward to the game,” the England boss tells ITV.

“I said at the beginning of the tournament, we were too concerned with what could go wrong. We used the ball better in the quarter-finals. We obviously play a team that are another notch up from Switzerland.

“It might seem normal to be a third semi-final but that is not the reality. You have to grasp these opportunites."

Mainoo makes history!

19:25 , Matt Verri

Really has been a remarkable rise this season for Kobbie Mainoo.

Feels less impressive being in the side at the age of 19, though, when Lamine Yamal decides to bend one into the top corner from 25 yards as a 16-year-old.

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