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What Virgil van Dijk said about England's Euro 2024 chances ahead of Netherlands semi-final

Virgil van Dijk will captain the Netherlands in their Euro 2024 semi-final against England
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Liverpool teammates will be going head-to-head for a place in the final of Euro 2024 as Virgil van Dijk hopes his pre-tournament comment doesn’t come back to haunt him.

The Reds captain will be leading his country as the Netherlands face England in the semi-finals on Wednesday. As well as Van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, Ryan Gravenberch, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez could all be in action.

Both sides have struggled to find form so far, although the Dutch have improved since the group stages, and boast one of the players of the tournament so far in Gakpo.

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England, meanwhile, have not lived up to their tag as favorites, despite reaching the last four. Following on from an underwhelming group stage, the Three Lions needed extra time against Slovakia in the last-16 – having been just a matter of minutes from being knocked out – and required penalties to overcome Switzerland on Saturday, with Alexander-Arnold scoring the decisive spot-kick.

Gareth Southgate’s side will almost certainly need to improve against the Netherlands if they are to make it to a second successive final at the Euros. They may already have some motivation, with Van Dijk perhaps having already done Southgate’s team talk for him.

Ahead of the tournament, Van Dijk attended the Monaco Grand Prix where he was interviewed by Sky Sports. When told that England was the favorite to win Euro 2024, the defender replied in surprise: "Are they?!"

The Liverpool captain, who turns 33 on Monday, did pay the Three Lions a compliment though as he discussed the favorites for the tournament: "England has a very, very good team and squad," he added. "France is very strong."

Liverpool.com says: To be fair to Van Dijk, he has been vindicated in his surprise so far. England have been unbelievably underwhelming so far, and certainly don’t look like a team that is about to go on and lift the trophy.

They have managed to find a way through though, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they made it to the final either. That being said, the Netherlands should be their toughest test yet, and if Van Dijk and Gakpo are in form, they should be very worried.