VS Wednesday, 10/08/2011 Kick off 20:00 BST at Wembley Stadium http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/headtohead/team1=eng/team2=ned/index.html Men's 'A' Matches England vs Netherlands 5.........W..................4 9..........D..................9 26........GS...............21 preliminary selection England: To be announced preliminary selection Netherlands: Doel: Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht). Verdediging: Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart), Edson Braafheid (Hoffenheim), Jeffrey Bruma (HSV), John Heitinga (Everton), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia), Joris Mathijsen (Malaga), Erik Pieters (PSV), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax). Middenveld: Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Theo Janssen (Ajax), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Stijn Schaars (Sporting), Wesley Sneijder (Inter), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur), Ibrahim Afellay (FC Barcelona). Aanval: Eljero Elia (HSV), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern München), Most painfull losses the Dutch suffered at the hands of the English: The 8-2 defeat at Huddersfield in 1946 [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADm2_TiNZKA"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADm2_TiNZKA[/ame] A game after WW 2 where the Dutch amateurs could measure themselves against the English pro's with the great mid fore, Tommy Lawton in their ranks. Tommy who was just transferred for a record braking sum of 17000 pounds. Big money for that timeperiod. It was a very important game for us Dutch. England was the gold standard at the time and we were showed what was necessary to become a modern football nation. We realized we had to modernize after that defeat and did that in 3 ways: 1. Appointed Jesse Carver (trainer from Xerxes) as national coach. After Karel Kaufman and Otto Bonsema, the loss at Hudderfield motivated us to go with an English coach. 2. We also modernised our Technical Commission adding old internationals Rat Verlegh (NAC) and Harry Mommers (Willem II) and expert van der Meulen. That commision started to organise centralised youth trainings for prominent players of districts, searched for new talent across the country and made new schedules. Many efforts were made to raise our level for the future. 3. We started to play ''het stopperspilsysteem" As much as these defeats hurted us in the time, I think that thanks to country's like England in our geographical closeness, the Netherlands could develop into the football nation it is nowadays. Because they were far ahead of us in that time, losing big to them, hurt our pride and motivated us to improve our game. The 4-1 defeat in Euro 1996 [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unnBRbcQICI"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unnBRbcQICI[/ame] This was the biggest defeat we suffered when we played in a FIFA final tournament, whether that be the WC or the EC. There is a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Czechoslovakia in the WC of 1938 (same margin), but we had to accept 4 goals instead of 3 so I consider this one the biggest in our history in that respect. The funny thing about the one goal we scored by Kluivert, is that it put us trough to the knock out stage of Euro 1996. It was a vital goal. Most painfull losses the English suffered at the hands of the Dutch: The 3-1 defeat in Euro 1988: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8Uc7B8Oyuw"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8Uc7B8Oyuw[/ame] I remember my mother saying: ''Wat is Marcootje toch eigenlijk ook goed he?'' My mother always used the typical Dutch addition -je to express her admiration for a player of the Dutch national team she had no clue off, how he performed previously for the NT or how he did on club level. Later Overmars, became Overmarsje, but she had to stop when Sneijder started playing, because that would be a pleonasm. She did had a point though. Marco had a great tournament, scoring all 3 against England and made in the final of it, against the Soviet Union, the most beautiful goal in the history of European Championship football. The 2-0 defeat for the 1994 WC qualification campaign [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vyz1NqssIE"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vyz1NqssIE[/ame] Painful loss for England, as it was a play off for the WC 1994 and England had to stay at home and watch it from behind the TV. Clashes between players to look out for: Robben vs Cole de Jong vs Gerrard/Lampard Heitinga vs Rooney and last but not least, if v Marwijk go's for a footballing defensive midfield: vd Vaart vs Wilshire [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw02US4QL6k"]Rafael Van Der Vaart Amazing Skill on Jack Wilshire‏ - YouTube[/ame] , I think Wilshire has still something to settle.