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Villa Duo Hoping to Get Chance to Shine Against the Netherlands

Correspondent 9th Jul, 2024 Updated: 9th Jul, 2024   0

Aston Villa duo Ezri Konsa and Ollie Watkins will be hoping to get the chance to shine for England in their Euro semi-final match with the Netherlands.

It is a huge game for the Three Lions as they look to book their spot in a European Championship final for the second consecutive edition.

England won a nervy penalty shootout in the quarter-final to reach the last four of Euro 2024. The winner of the England-Netherlands clash will face either France or Spain in the final on Sunday.

Konsa Looked at Home in Team Against Switzerland

Gareth Southgate called upon Konsa to feature in his starting XI against Switzerland in his new 3-4-2-1 formation. Despite it being the defender’s first start at a major tournament, he looked very comfortable. After that solid performance from England, they are now 5/2 in the Euro 2024 odds to lift the trophy.

Southgate has a big decision to make with his team for England’s next game. In the Netherlands vs England betting, the Three Lions are odds-on at 8/11 to qualify from the tie. Southgate must choose to either stick with the same XI that played against Switzerland or to make a change again.

Konsa had an excellent season for Aston Villa in the 2023/24 campaign playing under Unai Emery. He was rewarded by Southgate for his consistency in the Premier League for the Villa with a place in his 26-man squad.

The 26-year-old is a player who is versatile enough to play in several positions. He could be used on the left side of Southgate’s defence, just as he was when he came off the bench against Slovakia in the last 16.

Watkins Ready in Case Required

Striker Watkins’ only involvement in Euro 2024 so far was coming off the bench during the 1-1 draw against Denmark as a second-half substitute. The Villa man will be hoping he gets the chance to feature more against the Netherlands in the semi-final.

Watkins scored 27 goals in all competitions last season for Aston Villa. It was his best campaign since moving to Villa Park in 2020 from Brentford. Despite that excellent year, the 28-year-old finds himself third in the pecking order in Southgate’s team behind Harry Kane and Ivan Toney respectively.

Given his record from the spot kick, Watkins may be called upon in the semi-final or final if the tie goes to penalties. Southgate has shown he is not afraid to change his team just before the penalty shootout to bring on better spot-kick takers.

As frustrating as it has been for Watkins so far in this tournament, his patience may pay off. England have not been at their best, but they have a great chance of winning their first major tournament since 1966, and every member of the squad will go down if they prove successful.

A peak television audience of 16.8 million tuned in to watch England’s quarter-final triumph against Switzerland on the BBC. A similar number is expected to watch their last four clash with the Netherlands on ITV in the second of the two Euro 2024 semi-finals.

Article written by John Ferguson.


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