Who can England play in Euro 2024 round of 16? Netherlands possibility explained

Gareth Southgate, manager of England
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England will face Netherlands in the round of 16 at Euro 2024 if both Czech Republic and Georgia fail to win their final group matches on Wednesday.

The Three Lions are set to find out their knockout opponents after finishing top of Group C, despite winning just one of their three fixtures. Gareth Southgate's side beat Serbia 1-0 in their group opener, before being held to draws against Denmark and Slovenia. However, that was enough for them to top the group on five points, with Denmark going through as second and Slovenia finishing third.

Due to the nature of four best third place teams going through to the round of 16 alongside the top two from each group, the winner of Group C are set to face third from D/E/F. As third place in Group E will almost certainly qualify, at least on goal difference, England's opponents are down to a couple of permutations.

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If Czech Republic beat Turkey or Georgia beat Portugal, England will play third place in Group E. That could either be Romania, Belgium, Slovakia or Ukraine - with all four teams locked on three points going into the final matchday. Belgium face Ukraine and Romania entertain Ukraine at 5pm BST.

However, if neither Czech Republic or Georgia win, England play Netherlands, who finished third in Group D. Ronald Koeman's side looked set to finish at least in the top two in their group, but a 3-2 defeat against Austria on Tuesday saw them drop down to third with France and Austria ahead of them.

England were lacklustre in their 0-0 draw against Slovenia on Tuesday. Southgate's men didn't allow Slovenia to create much but struggled to really threaten at the other end, with Cole Palmer's late effort the most threatening the Three Lions were. It was not the most inspiring performance, but Southgate was upbeat after the game and responded to boos and criticism coming England's way.

He said: "I understand the narrative towards me. That's better for the team than it being towards them. But it's creating an unusual environment to operate in. I've not seen any other team qualify and receive similar."

"I understand some of the reactions but it's a strange environment we're playing in," he added. "I thought we were much improved with the ball, we've created some good openings and at the moment it's hard work for us because we're not quite getting that break in front of goal."