England handed Euro 2024 ban as Gary Lineker warns players about Netherlands penalty tactic

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane embrace after beating Switzerland on penalties.
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As England gears up for their semi-final showdown with the Netherlands on Wednesday, they'll be keeping a keen eye on who could potentially face them in the final.

Spain, who have been impressive throughout the tournament, are set to take on pre-tournament favourites France in Munich on Tuesday evening.

England manager Gareth Southgate has imposed a strict rule on his players, prohibiting them from publicly discussing their penalty strategies following their flawless performance against Switzerland in the previous round.

The FA is making concerted efforts to keep England's successful penalty tactics under wraps, aiming to prevent giving any advantage to their rivals.

In other news, UEFA seems to have given the Netherlands a significant boost ahead of their Wednesday clash with England at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, reports the Express.

The Dutch supporters, arguably the most vocal and passionate at Euro 2024, have received a massive uplift as they've been allocated tickets for the iconic 'Yellow Wall', which will be awash with orange for this match.

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While the Three Lions may have been prohibited from discussing their successful spot-kick tactics ahead of the crunch showdown with Ronald Koeman's side, former England striker Gary Lineker has warned his fellow countrymen not to use a water bottle to list the Netherland's penalty-taking options.

Photographs showed that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had a list of Switzerland's penalty-takers and the direction they were likely to aim, printed on his bottle during the quarter-final clash. But 1986 World Cup Golden Boot winner Lineker has suggested that the savvy Dutch may attempt to steal his bottle, should penalties prevail once more.

He told the Rest is Football podcast: "I'll tell you what, though. That's brilliant, but if there's another penalty shoot-out, one player is going to look at that bottle and sneak and get the bottle.

"If you're listening, and I know you're all shutting out the noise, if you're listening, do it differently. Do it on a different piece of paper, or do it on the post! Do a different kind of thing!"