Against Romania and Turkey, the Dutch team played with the same starting eleven twice in a row for the first time in this tournament and won both times. Nevertheless, Johan Derksen would change the starting line-up of Oranje in one position towards the semi-final against England: according to him, Micky van de Ven should start instead of Nathan Aké.

The latter has been the first choice at left back for the entire European Championship. The Manchester City defender has also played a number of strong matches. He has been substituted in four of the five European Championship matches so far and Van de Ven has always been his replacement.

In those substitutions, the lightning-fast left-footer from Tottenham Hotspur has apparently impressed Derksen, because as far as the former left back is concerned, Van de Ven should start in the semi-final against England.

The change at left back is at Today Inside the Dutch suggested by Wilfred Genee. “I would find that logical,” says the presenter. “In any case,” responds Derksen. “I think Van de Ven is better than Aké. He can also recover, but if someone has passed Aké, he will not catch up with him. Van de Ven can do that on pure speed.”

Hélène Hendriks, guest at the table in the broadcast, cannot imagine Aké being passed over and that has mainly to do with his role as reserve captain. “You don't just take him out”, reasons the television presenter, who herself would prefer a change up front.

“I would take Xavi Simons out and put Donyell Malen in,” Hendriks throws a ball. René van der Gijp responds: “If Steven Bergwijn is fit, he will play and if he has a pain, Koeman will put Malen in. You know what Koeman is like. He recently said that Bergwijn has always supported and helped him.”

The Netherlands and England will meet on Wednesday evening in the Signal Iduna Park of Borussia Dortmund. The match will kick off at 21:00 and will be led by German referee Felix Zwayer.

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