Steve Cooper’s side face the Netherlands at Chesterfield with a place in the European Under-17 Championship final at stake
The last time England met the Netherlands in a Uefa tournament on home soil, none of the England Under-17s was born. On Thursday, 22 years on from Euro 96, Steve Cooper’s youngsters will be looking to match the success of Terry Venables’ side by winning the latest in a long line of Anglo-Dutch football battles in England.
Venables’ team were knocked out of Euro 96 by Germany in a semi-final shootout after Gareth Southgate missed his penalty. A year ago Cooper’s Under-17s suffered similar heartbreak; they fell to a shootout defeat by Spain in the final of the European Championship in Croatia. Twelve months on, after winning the World Cup last October, the European title is again in Cooper’s sights at the 2018 edition of the tournament held in the Midlands.