The Premier League and Champions League are both over! Long live the Nations League! England are in action today in the semifinals of the newest UEFA international tournament against the Netherlands. The winners take on hosts Portugal, who defeated Switzerland 3-1 yesterday behind a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo.
There’s an argument to why the newly-formed Nations League is dumb as a sack of rocks, but there actually is a pretty good reason to win it — the winner gains automatic qualification to EURO 2020 which means they don’t have to play their best players during the EURO qualification process. So if England wins it not only do they win an international trophy for the first time since 1966, but they also then don’t feel pressure to play all their best players going forward. And that’s good for Tottenham Hotspur.
Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, and Dele Alli are all named to Gareth Southgate’s Nations League squad. We’ll see if any or how many of them play today.
Here’s your open thread.
Here it is: your #ThreeLions team for tonight's #NationsLeague semi-final! pic.twitter.com/HlpqvUQ1ys— England (@England) June 6, 2019
Netherlands XI Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; De Roon, Wijnaldum, De Jong; Bergwijn, Memphis, Babel— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) June 6, 2019
England XI: Pickford, Walker, Chilwell, Maguire, Stones, Rice, Delph, Barkley, Sancho, Sterling, Rashford
How to Watch
Date/time: Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 2:45 p.m. (ET), 7:45 p.m. (UK)
Venue: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Portugal
TV: ESPN 2 (USA), Univision Deportes (USA - Spanish), Sky Sports Football/Main Event, (UK), not televised (Canada), Optus (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: ESPN+ (USA), Univision Deportes En Vivo (USA - Spanish), fubo.tv (free trial)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com. UK - check local listings
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