Top-five legendary England v Netherlands clashes after Nations League semi-final draw

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England have been drawn to play the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Nations League.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five past meetings between the two sides.

England 8 Netherlands 2, friendly, November 27, 1946

Just the second official meeting between the two sides led to a thumping win for England. Walter Winterbottom’s side were far superior and romped into a 6-1 lead at the break, in no small part thanks to an 11-minute hat-trick from then-Chelsea striker Tommy Lawton. He added a fourth, England’s eighth.

England 0 Netherlands 2, friendly, February 9, 1977

Captained by the masterful Johan Cruyff, Holland turned Wembley orange with a tremendous display which saw the visitors cheered off by England fans at half-time. Cruyff, who died two years ago after a battle with cancer, was at his sparkling best as a brace from Jan Peters sealed the win before the break. Don Revie’s side included the likes of Kevin Keegan and Trevor Brooking, but they were left chasing shadows as ‘Total football’ arrived in London.

England 1-3 Netherlands, Euro 88, June 15, 1988

Over 11 years later in Dusseldorf the outcome was the same, although this time it was Marco Van Basten who inflicted the damage. Having lost to the Republic of Ireland in their opening Group B match, a hat-trick from Van Basten piled on the misery for Bobby Robson’s side, who had levelled through captain Bryan Robson. Holland’s team also boasted Frank Rijkaard, Ronald Koeman and Ruud Gullit and went on to lift the trophy, while England finished bottom of the group without a point from their three games.

Netherlands 2-0 England, World Cup qualifying, October 13, 1993

A match made famous for Koeman escaping a blatant red card for pulling down David Platt when he was through on goal and then going on to open the scoring with a retaken free-kick, and a meltdown from England boss Graham Taylor. England needed a draw in Rotterdam to all but seal World Cup qualification, but they were beaten with Dennis Bergkamp getting the second goal, as Taylor lost his cool in the dugout. He was caught in a documentary saying “Do I not like that” several times and resigned the following month.

England 4-1 Netherlands, Euro 96, June 18, 1996

If Holland had played their ‘Total football’ at Wembley in 1977, Terry Venables’ side turned the tables with an enthralling display on home soil in 1996. In a summer which allowed England fans to dream of major championship glory 30 years after lifting the World Cup, the Three Lions destroyed Guus Hiddink’s side, with Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham scoring two each. Patrick Kluivert scored a consolation for the Dutch, who fell at the quarter-final stage. England lost on penalties to Germany in the semi-final, with Gareth Southgate’s decisive spot-kick saved.

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Luka Modric.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is tipped to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade of Ballon d’Or dominance when the winner is announced on Monday night.

Juventus striker Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Messi have both won the top prize, which has been awarded by France football to the best male player every year since 1956, five times from 2008.

Brazilian playmaker Kaka was the last player other than Ronaldo and Messi to be victorious, in 2007 when starring for AC Milan.

However, Ronaldo and Messi could miss out this time around with speculation linking Croatian Modric with the Ballon d’Or, which will be presented at a ceremony hosted by David Ginola in Paris.

Former Tottenham player Modric has enjoyed an impressive year for both club and country.

The 33-year-old played an integral role in Real winning a fourth Champions League title in five years and then skippered Croatia to their first World Cup final in Russia.

Croatia were beaten 4-2 by France in Moscow earlier this summer, but Modric reinforced his reputation as one of the best midfielders in the world during the tournament by winning the Golden Ball.

Modric was also named the FIFA Best Men’s Player at an awards ceremony in London in September, beating off competition from Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

As well as Ronaldo, Messi and Salah, France World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane plus Brazil skipper Neymar are among the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist that was released in October.

England striker Harry Kane and Wales forward Gareth Bale were the only British players included.

Paris St Germain forward Mbappe and Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold are two of the 10 nominees for the first Kopa Trophy, which is handed to the best player under the age of 21.

England internationals Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby, of Lyon and Chelsea respectively, are in the running to win the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or.

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Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling once again proved a thorn in Bournemouth’s side as Manchester City survived a scare before beating the Cherries 3-1 to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Sterling had scored in each of his previous five fixtures against Bournemouth, including a hat-trick in October 2015, and he struck after 57 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to settle City’s nerves.

Callum Wilson scored a minute before half-time to cancel out Bernardo Silva’s opener, but Sterling re-established City’s lead before Ilkay Gundogan gave them some breathing space.

City therefore put some distance between themselves and closest title rivals Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby. The hosts needed only 16 minutes to break the deadlock, Silva tucking into an empty net after Asmir Begovic was only able to parry as Leroy Sane attempted to get on the end of Oleksandr Zinchenko’s ball over the top.

Wilson was unable to make significant contact with Joshua King’s cross, but City did not heed the let-off as the newly-capped England striker powered home a header from Simon Francis’ ball into the box.

Sterling served notice of his intent as he hit a post on the resumption and he continued his magnificent scoring run against Bournemouth, finishing on the rebound after Danilo had seen his effort saved.

Bournemouth had strong claims for a penalty turned down after Fernandinho appeared to push Tyrone Mings in the area, but Gundogan doubled City’s lead in the 79th minute, coolly finishing from David Silva’s low cross.

Manchester United dropped points for a second week in a row but came from two goals down to clinch a 2-2 draw at lowly Southampton.

Saints would have moved out of the bottom three with a win and they went ahead in the 13th minute when Stuart Armstrong crashed his drive beyond David De Gea for his third goal in two matches.

Cedric Soares put the hosts in dreamland with a peach of a free-kick seven minutes later but Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit just after the half hour with his first United goal since September 15.

David de Gea dives but can't reach the ball as Cedric Soares scores

David de Gea dives but can’t reach the ball as Cedric Soares scores

Ander Herrera capped a frantic first half by levelling from close range after 39 minutes, but neither side could find a winner after the interval.

Burnley crashed to a fifth defeat in their last six matches and remain in the bottom three after Crystal Palace prevailed 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles were only ahead of Burnley in the table on goal difference at the start of the day, but they stole a march when James McArthur’s cross drifted into the net in the 16th minute.

Andros Townsend made sure of the win when he cut in from the right and unleashed a fine drive with his left foot from just outside the area that flew past helpless Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Leicester moved above Watford and up to eighth after a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy netted a 12th-minute penalty after being fouled in the area by Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster and James Maddison doubled their lead midway through the first half.

Jamie Vardy celebrates

Jamie Vardy celebrates

Watford’s miserable afternoon was compounded in the closing stages when Etienne Capoue was given a straight red card after an apparent two-footed challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho.

Mathias Jorgensen opened the scoring for Huddersfield in the first minute, but they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Brighton, who came from behind to win for the first time in the Premier League.

Steve Mounie was given his marching orders after 32 minutes and Shane Duffy levelled on the stroke of half-time before Florin Andone bagged the winner midway through the second half.

Newcastle’s three-match winning run was abruptly halted as a goal in either half from Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson’s injury-time strike gave West Ham a comprehensive 3-0 win at St James’ Park.

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