Ahead of tonight’s highly anticipated Nations League semi-final between England and Holland, in which one side will book their place in the final for a chance to be the inaugural winners of the competition, we look at the combined best XI that the two sides can offer. Should England make it to the final and win, it will be their first piece of silverware since the 1966 World Cup victory. Before that, however, they need to overcome Ronald Koeman’s resurgent Dutch side who’s future suddenly looks brighter following very poor showings in both the European and World Cup qualifiers. The last time the two sides met England were victorious with a 1-0 win in an international friendly. Here are our efforts regarding a combined XI between the two nations.
After Jordan Pickford’s heroics at the World Cup for England last summer, he had to make the combined XI and just pips Holland’s Cillissen.
A stunning campaign for Leicester, tipped by many to be England’s permanent mainstay left-back after a lot of chopping and changing in that position.
Virgil van Dijk
Probably the first name on the combined XI teamsheet after winning the PFA Player of the Year award in the Premier League and helping Liverpool win the Champions League last weekend. The centre-back commands the Oranje back line and is regarded as one of the best in the world in his position.
Matthijs de Ligt
Teenage sensation de Ligt will not be short of suitors this summer after becoming a mainstay in an eye-catching Ajax side who made it to the Champions League semi-finals. Just ahead of Maguire in our team selection at centre-back as a result of club form. Was hard to separate the two on the international stage.
The right-back was part of the tightest defence in the whole Premier League this season and on form, is probably the best in his position in the world right now so had to picked. Alexander-Arnold came third in the Premier League assists chart with 13 and will be key to England’s supply line out wide.
After some of the best performances of his career this season for Liverpool, the midfielder had to be included in the combined starting XI. He has shown to be highly effective when working box-to-box and Holland rely a lot on him playing well.
Frenkie De Jong
Pulls the strings for the Netherlands and recently earnt a £70 million move to Barcelona. His footballing brain is hard to come by these days and for that reason, De Jong had to be in the combined XI, just ahead of Jordan Henderson.
Marten De Roon
The Netherlands tough-tackling midfielder helped Atalanta to an impressive third-place finish last season. De Roon’s ability to break up play and win the ball back for his team was a key reason why Atalanta enjoyed such a successful season.
The Dutch forward has contributed to 21 goals in his last 20 appearances for the Netherlands. Probably the key man for the Oranje going forward so had to make our side.
The forward has improved massively under Pep Guardiola. Sterling scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists last season to help City win the Premier League and has recently repeated his club form on the world stage for England to become one of their most important players.
Kane as to lead the line in our side after winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup. Despite his injuries, Kane is one of the best strikers in the world and has proved so for both England and Tottenham.