England travel to the Amsterdam Arena on Friday night for their first friendly of the international break allowing Gareth Southgate to assess his squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Only 23 players will travel to Russia, and Southgate faces selection dilemmas up and down the squad.

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of the fixture through injury while Nick Pope and James Tarkowski, both of Burnley, are in line to receive their first-ever cap.

Making his managerial debut in charge of the national team is Ronald Koeman, who was sacked by Everton earlier in the season following a disastrous start.

After the Netherlands failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament, the pressure is on to get a result against the Three Lions on home turf.

We take a look at the past five meetings between the two sides…

9th February 2005 – England 0-0 Netherlands – International Friendly

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Under Sven Goran-Eriksson, England could only manage to draw against the Netherlands at Villa Park back in 2005. Former Everton striker Andy Johnson made his debut for the national side while Stewart Downing also earned his first cap. Ex-Liverpool forward, Dirk Kuyt, came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post after 11 minutes, but both under-strength sides were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

15th November 2006 – Netherlands 1-1 England – International Friendly

The following year, the two sides met again, but nothing could separate them. Now managed by Steve McClaren, the Three Lions took the lead through Wayne Rooney who turned home a Joe Cole cross to score his first international goal in over a year. The 18-year-old defender, Micah Richards, made his first international appearance but Rafael Van Der Vaart responded with a late equaliser to deny England a morale-boosting victory on foreign soil.

12th August 2009 – Netherlands 2-2 England – International Friendly

Three years later, the two sides met again in front of 50,000 fans at the Amsterdam Arena. In a slightly more entertaining affair, the pair were evenly matched yet again. Again, England was under new management with Fabio Capello now employed as head coach. The Three Lions found themselves two goals down after just 40 minutes following goals from Kuyt and Van Der Vaart. However, it was substitute hero, Jermain Defoe, who netted a second-half brace to earn a creditable draw.

29th February 2012 – England 2-3 Netherlands – International Friendly

England were on course for yet another draw against the Oranje until a late Arjen Robben strike denied caretaker manager Stuart Pearce a respectable point. Two goals in two minutes from Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar deflated the Wembley crowd until a late England fight back with Scott Parker as captain. Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill, headed home with Ashley Young levelling the scores late on. However, it was Robben who had the last laugh as the Bayern Munich winger produced a moment of magic in injury time to secure the victory.

29th March 2016 – England 1-2 Netherlands – International Friendly

Following a thrilling victory over Germany, England were looking to build confidence against a Netherlands side who failed to qualify for Euro 2016. After paying their respects to late Dutch legend, Johan Cruyff, a much-changed England side took the lead through Leicester forward, Jamie Vardy, who guided the ball past Jeroen Zoet to net the 100th goal of Roy Hodgson’s reign. Danny Rose handled inside the area and Tottenham forward, Vincent Janssen, made no mistake from the spot. Janssen was involved again for the winner as he muscled off Phil Jagielka to tee up Swansea winger, Luciano Narsingh, to condemn England to defeat.

Who do you think will come out on top? England or Holland? Comment below!

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