England v Netherlands: Four memorable encounters between the sides

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England welcome Netherlands to Wembley this Tuesday with the sides locking horns for just the 20th time. The hosts have a slightly better record over the Oranje - six victories and nine draws recorded.

The fixture will be vital for Roy Hodgson's side's preparation as they embark on Euro 2016 in the summer. The Dutch, of course, won't be present in France as they surprisingly failed to qualify from their group.

Ahead of the mid-week friendly, we take a look back through the archives and highlight five memorable encounters between the sides.


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England 1-3 Netherlands June 15, 1988

The Dutch have produced some world class strikers over the years and England felt the wrath of Marco van Basten at Euro 88. The Milan marksman put England to the sword with a superb hat-trick which condemned Bobby Robson's side to an early exit.

England were denied twice by the woodwork before van Basten registered the opening goal. The 25-year-old turned Tony Adams inside out before slotting home. Bryan Robson did manage to level but the imperious van Basten notched his second shortly after when he drilled home past Peter Shilton.

His hat-trick followed soon after when he steered home at the back post from an Erwin Koeman corner. The Dutch went on to win Euro 88 - with that goal from van Basten in the final.

England 8-2 Netherlands November 27, 1946

You'll be forgiven for not remembering this thrashing that Walter Winterbottom's side handed out to their Dutch counterparts in 1946. The fixture was hosted at Leeds Road, Huddersfield and was memorable for Tommy Lawton's four-goal haul.

The Chelsea forward ran riot and was accompanied with goals from Raich Carter (2), Wilf Mannion and Tom Finney. Unsurprisingly, this result is England's heaviest over the Oranje and it's unlikely to see a repeat scoreline on Tuesday night.

The result could have been worse for Karel Kaufman's side - had England skipper George Hardwick not missed a first-half penalty.

Netherlands 2-0 England October 12, 1993

England travelled to Rotterdam for their crunch World Cup qualifier against Dick Advocaat's side in 1993. The fixture was pivotal for both sides who were vying to qualify for the World Cup Finals in the United States, but it was the hosts who came out on top.

The game will only be remembered for the referee's inability to send off Ronald Koeman when David Platt was through on goal. The former was hauled down as he approached the Dutch goal and the ref only showed Koeman a yellow card - not the red everybody was expecting.

Ironically, Koeman scored the game's opener when he dispatched a free-kick of his own. Dennis Bergkamp theoretically made sure England went out when he notched the second and Graham Taylor was duly released from his duty as England manager soon after.

England 4-1 Netherlands June 18, 1996

England produced one of their finest ever performances at Wembley as they dismantled the Dutch in stylish fashion. Two goals a piece from Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham was enough to send the hosts into the quarter-finals of Euro 96.

Terry Venables' side were only a goal to the good at half-time thanks to a Shearer penalty. The interval certainly didn't deter their momentum and two strikes from Sheringham, either side of Shearer's second saw the visitors dumbfounded at their own capitulation.

A late Patrick Kluivert strike meant the Oranje went through with England on goal difference but the game itself is often remembered as one of England's finest ever. Much was made of the passion and desire the Three Lions broadcasted in front of an expectant Wembley crowd and they duly delivered.

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