ENGLAND LINEUP FOR EURO 2024 SEMI-FINAL CONFIRMED

Gareth Southgate has opted to continue with a back-three formation for England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands, with Marc Guehi returning in place of Ezri Konsa in Dortmund.

England – in pursuit of a first major trophy in 58 years – are just one win away from reaching the final in Berlin following a dramatic penalty-shootout victory over Switzerland on Saturday evening.

The Three Lions set up with a 4-2-3-1 formation in each of their opening four games in Germany but switched to 3-4-3 versus the Swiss – a system Southgate had not used since Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final loss to Italy.

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Bukayo Saka and Kieran Trippier were deployed in wing-back roles on the right and left respectively, with the Arsenal star turning in an excellent performance, getting on the score sheet and converting his spot kick in the shootout.

Aston Villa centre-back Konsa, meanwhile, came in for Guehi and produced an accomplished performance in Dusseldorf, with the Crystal Palace ruled out of the quarter-final through suspension after picking up a second booking.

This evening, Guehi returns alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker, while Saka and Trippier continue at wing-back on either side of the back three.

There had been some speculation that Luke Shaw could return to Southgate’s starting XI and the left-back fuelled this talk by confirming he was ready to go from the off following a muscle injury.

But the Manchester United defender must once again settle for a place among the substitutes and will hope to make an impact of the bench at Borussia Dortmund’s iconic Westfalenstadion.

England XI to face Netherlands

Manchester United wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo has been an assured presence in the middle of the park and continues his run in the England engine room alongside Declan Rice.

England captain Harry Kane, who was subbed off in extra time after a heavy landing on the touchline at the weekend, spearheads Southgate’s attack and will be desperate to kick-start his tournament at long last.

The Netherlands have also made just one change to their side that overcame Turkey previously, with Borussia Dortmund’s Donyell Malen coming for Steven Bergwijn on the right wing.

‘I’m looking forward to the game. I’ve said over the last couple of days that we were too concerned with what might go wrong at the beginning of the tournament,’ Southgate told ITV Sport ahead of kick-off.

‘We’ve now got the chance to make history and we’re two games away from doing something very exciting.’

‘I think we used the ball better in the quarter-final and I thought we were a lot more composed.

‘We obviously play a team that are another notch up from Switzerland but also there’s probably a little more space to play as well.’

Southgate suggested Konsa was unlucky to miss out after a ‘brilliant’ showing against Switzerland and confirmed Shaw was on the verge of being able to start again for his country.

‘We’re quite flexible in having Bukayo – he can play higher, he can play lower. The team are settled,’ the England head coach explained when quizzed on the thinking behind his starting XI to face the Dutch.

‘Ezri did a brilliant job for us the other day but Marc has been exceptional throughout the tournament.

‘We’ve also got Luke who is very close to starting again so that is also an added bonus for us.’

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