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The Netherlands have been forced to cancel their pre-match press conference following travel disruption ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2024 semi-final against England.

Ronald Koeman and Nathan Ake were scheduled to speak to the media on Tuesday afternoon, but the pair, along with the rest of the Netherlands side, had their train to Dortmund from Wolfsburg cancelled because of a blockage on the track.

It’s reported the Dutch side will now fly to Dortmund instead, with their flight not taking off until 8:20pm – over half an hour after the press conference start time.

It’s caused an unusual setback to the Netherlands‘ preparations for tomorrow evening’s clash – something England will be looking to capitalise on.

The fixture at Borussia Dortmund’s historic Westfalenstadion will mark the first time since 1996 England have faced the Dutch in a European Championship fixture.

An Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham-inspired England despatched the Netherlands 4-1 at a raucous Wembley Stadium, with the Three Lions expected to be backed by a similarly vocal crowd in Dortmund tomorrow.

However, the travelling England fans are expected to be outnumbered in North Rhine-Westphalia, as a sea of orange prepares to descend on the historic German city.

Characterised by their dancing, colourful outfits and noise, the Dutch fans have been one of the off-field highlights from Euro 2024 so far and they’ve been handed an early boost for Wednesday night’s game.

That’s because it will in fact be the Netherlands faithful who take pride of place in the ‚Yellow Wall‘, with the England fans handed the much smaller terrace at the opposite end of the stadium.

The vocal battle off the pitch is just one aspect of what could prove to be a tantalising last-four clash in Dortmund, with England eyeing up back-to-back European Championship finals.

Gareth Southgate was boosted by the return of full-back Luke Shaw in the come-from-behind quarter-final victory against Switzerland, with the Manchester United man tipped to be involved tomorrow.

Speaking earlier in the week, Shaw said: „I feel fit and ready to go.

„The last four months have been really tough. At the start I was expected to come back a lot sooner, but I went through a lot of setbacks.

He added: “It was really nice to get on the other night and get some minutes – I’ve been itching.

“I think before the squad got announced, we had a plan to come back around the second or third game but, unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and I was pushed back a game or so.

“Of course, it’s tough. They were really there for me, not just Gareth and Steve [Holland] but the medical staff as well. I have a lot to thank them for.”

The winner of England vs the Netherlands will take on one of France or Spain, with the duo fighting it out for a spot in Sunday’s showpiece final later on tonight.



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