The Dutch trio out to derail England’s Euro hopes

England take on hosts Holland on Thursday for a place in the Women’s Euro 2017 final.

Here, Press Association Sport picks out three of the key threats in the Dutch camp.

Vivianne Miedema

A high-profile new signing for Arsenal Ladies, Miedema has a goal-scoring record to make any opposition sit up and take notice. Her strike in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden may have been her first of the tournament, but the 21-year-old’s dry spell in the group stage was the exception in her career, rather than the rule. In 55 appearances for her country she has now found the net on 42 occasions, including four hat-tricks, and has been prolific for Bayern Munich at club level. Expect her to make the most of any chances that come her way.

Lieke Martens

When Holland kicked off the competition in front of a record home crowd against Norway, it was Martens who stood tallest. In a slender 1-0 win it was the 24-year-old winger who demanded the ball, drove her team forward and provided the perfect cross for the deciding goal. She has also found the net on two important occasions since, grabbing the winner in the Group A clash with rivals Belgium and opening the scoring as the Oranje knocked out Sweden in the last eight. The 24-year-old is Barcelona-bound next, a fitting stage for her talents.

Sherida Spitse

There are a number of reasons to believe the Dutch midfielder could be a decisive figure for her side. Despite being just 27, she is likely to be the most capped international in either of the starting XIs, unless England’s Fara Williams makes an unexpected appearance, having taken her bow against the Lionesses 11 years ago. She took the captaincy when Mandy van den Berg dropped out of the side after one match and showed a calmness under pressure by converting penalties against Denmark and Sweden – a handy knack in knockout football. The fact that the semi-final takes place in Enschede, home to her club FC Twente, is merely another positive omen.

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