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We simulated Netherlands vs England to predict Three Lions' Euro 2024 semi-final fate

England's predicted XI vs the Netherlands
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England have the chance to reach a second-consecutive Euros final later today when they face Netherlands in the Euro 2024 semi-finals.

Five fantastic penalties saw England overcome Switzerland in a penalty shootout victory last weekend, with the Three Lions' winning 5-3 from the spot after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes. The quarter-final win saw England advance to the semi-finals, with Netherlands the chosen opposition after their 2-1 win over Turkey.

It was still far from the best England performance we've ever seen, but there were lots of positives to take from the quarter-final win, including the return of Luke Shaw who is in contention to start in Dortmund tonight. If Gareth Southgate's side win, they will take on Spain in the Euro 2024 final after they beat France 2-1 in the other semi-final clash.

So how could England fare against the Dutch later today? Let's take a look...

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We simulated Netherlands vs England to get a score prediction

To complete this simulation, we used the EA FC 24 Euro 2024 game mode and updated the squads with the latest injuries and suspensions.

We predict that the Netherlands could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: Verbruggen; Dumfries, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake; Reijnders, Schouten; Bergwijn, Simons, Gakpo; Depay.

England's predicted XI vs the Netherlands
England's predicted XI vs the Netherlands -Credit:EA Sports

We predict that England could line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with their starting XI as follows: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Konsa; Saka, Mainoo, Rice, Shaw; Bellingham, Foden; Kane.

It was a shaky start by England in Dortmund, with the Netherlands seeing more of the ball and creating more chances in the opening stages of the game. A long-range strike from Memphis Depay stung the gloves of Jordan Pickford early on, and the Dutch should've been one goal ahead when Virgil van Dijk rattled the post with a header from a corner.

Southgate's side failed to register a shot on target in the first half, and the Netherlands came close once again before the break when Cody Gakpo powered a shot towards goal from the right, Netherlands vs England simulated to see if the Three Lions can reach Euro 2024 final forcing Pickford into a tremendous reaction save. After riding their luck for the opening hour or so, Southgate looked to his bench for inspiration.

Cole Palmer, Kieran Trippier, and Trent Alexander-Arnold were all introduced, and a moment of class from the latter saw England take the lead against the run of play.

Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for England in the 74th minute
Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for England in the 74th minute -Credit:EA Sports

Collecting the ball on the right, Alexander-Arnold played a one-two with Declan Rice to burst down the wing and ease past his marker. The Liverpool defender picked out Jude Bellingham's run into the box with a pin-point driven cross, and the midfielder fired into the roof of the net with a first-time finish to send the Three Lions into a 1-0 lead.

A goal down, the Netherlands started to throw more bodies forward in the final 15 minutes as they searched for an equaliser, leaving more space for England to attack. Southgate's side missed a wonderful chance to double their lead when they hit their opponents on the break, but despite the four-on-two situation, a poor cross from Palmer evaded Harry Kane at the far post as the opportunity was wasted.

The final few minutes of the game saw England put all 11 players behind the ball, and the Three Lions managed to hold on to book their spot in the Euro 2024 final on Sunday.

EA FC 24 predicted final score: Netherlands 0-1 England

What do you think the score will be between England and Netherlands? Let us know in the comments!