England have reached the Euro 2024 final after Ollie Watkins’ superb last-minute strike secured a 2-1 win over the Netherlands to face Spain on Sunday.

A lively start in Dortmund saw Xavi Simons punish Declan Rice in possession with a stunning strike from range.

But the Three Lions responded, just as they did against Switzerland before still requiring penalties to reach the semi-finals, with Harry Kane fouled by Denzel Dumfries in the penalty area.

The Bayern Munich striker dispatched the controversial spot kick, which Gary Neville labelled “a disgrace” amid intense debate in the ITV studio, after a lengthy VAR review and Phil Foden’s sublime skill almost put Gareth Southgate’s side into the lead.

As extra-time approached, substitute Watkins, on for Kane, smashed a shot home from a narrow angle to send Southgate’s side into Sunday’s final.

Relive all the action and follow reaction from Netherlands vs England below:

Euro 2024: Netherlands v England

  • England defeat the Netherlands and set up Euro 2024 final with Spain

  • REPORT: How Ollie Watkins and four touches changed everything for England and set up final chance

  • ANALYSIS: Thought you knew the England at Euro 2024? Think again

  • RATINGS: Phil Foden shines and Cole Palmer helps to change the game in Euro 2024 semi-final

  • 90’ GOAL! – Watkins’ fine effort beats Verbruggen and puts England ahead (ENG 2-1 NED)

  • 80’ NO GOAL! – Saka’s strike ruled out for offside (ENG 1-1 NED)

  • 66’ SAVE! – Pickford denies Van Dijk after a free kick (ENG 1-1 NED)

  • 32’ POST! – Foden’s curling effort strikes the woodwork (ENG 1-1 NED)

  • 30’ CROSSBAR! – Dumfries heads a corner ball onto the bar (ENG 1-1 NED)

  • 24’ OFF THE LINE! – Netherlands hook Foden’s effort clear at the last possible moment (ENG 1-1 NED)

  • 18’ GOAL! – Kane converts from the penalty spot (ENG 1-1 NED)

  • 16’ PENALTY! – VAR decides that Dumfries fouls Kane in the box (ENG 0-1 NED)

  • 7’ GOAL! – Simons drills a rocket oast Pickford (ENG 0-1 NED)

Netherlands 1 – 2 England

Southgate on England’s supporters:

00:00 , Mike Jones

“I hope they are enjoying a few beers! We have had some incredible nights the last seven or eight years. These games have been dramatic because the goals have come so late.

“The only reason I took the job on was to try and bring success to the nation and improve English football. I am immensely proud to take this team to a final overseas.

“It will be a huge task but we are still here and fighting.”

Southgate on what it shows about his side to come from behind again:

23:57 , Mike Jones

“Character. I think definitely tonight we did not deserve to be behind. It was a moment. We started the game really well. It was a very complicated game because they kept changing the way they were building up, we changed the way we were defending. In the end players made so many good decisions on the field.

“I was really pleased with the quality of our play. I’d imagine it was a long time since England had 60% possession against a team like the Netherlands. It is the modern way and shows the resilience of the group. Ollie Watkins has trained every day and been ready to play, as the whole group has been.

“There’s a lot of new players in the group, half have not been to a tournament but they have bonded so well, got each other’s back and tonight was a good example of that.”

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23:54 , Mike Jones

Ollie Watkins is just the second player to score a major tournament (World Cup/Euros) goal for England while playing his club football for Aston Villa, after David Platt at the 1990 World Cup.

Prime Minister congratulates England

23:51 , Mike Jones

Prime Minister Keir Starmer, who is in the US at a NATO summit, has congratulated England on reaching the Euro 2024 final.

Gareth Southgate responds to critics of his England substitutions after win against Netherlands

23:48 , Mike Jones

Gareth Southgate has assured England fans that his players have bought into his ideology when it comes to substitutes, after the Three Lions reached the final of Euro 2024.

England have failed to impress in most of their games in Germany, and Southgate has also been criticised for his choice and timing of substitutes. However, England reached a new level to beat Netherlands 2-1 in the semi-finals on Wednesday, with Southgate’s changes proving pivotal.

Gareth Southgate responds to critics of his England subs after Ollie Watkins winner

Virgil van Dijk slams England v Netherlands referee after ‘dreams shattered’

23:45 , Mike Jones

Virgil van Dijk has hit out at referee Felix Zwayer after Netherlands suffered a heartbreaking loss to England in the Euro 2024 semi-finals.

A controversial penalty awarded to the Three Lions in the first half was labelled as a “disgraceful” decision by Gary Neville at half-time.

And Van Dijk was left upset at full-time after Ollie Watkins’ last-minute winner when Zwayer was nowhere to be found following the final whistle.

Virgil Van Dijk slams England v Netherlands referee after ‘dreams shattered’

England boss Gareth Southgate, speaking to ITV Sport:

23:42 , Mike Jones

“It has to be the best. It’s another landmark but we played well throughout the game. It was complicated. They kept changing so we had to change. It was so special at the end.

“Sometimes it can work that way [substitutions paying off]. The most important thing is all of the squad can come into the game. Their attitudes have been exemplary and I’m so happy for Ollie.

“Harry got that knock in the first half. Ollie can press well and runs in behind. We had a goal cleared off the line and we hit the woodwork. I think we deserved to win tonight.

“That’s as well as he’s played in an England shirt and he had a huge influence on the game. If you look at the numbers [of fans] it was like we were playing away but it wasn’t like that with the noise.”

ITV commentator Sam Matterface loses voice as England reach Euro 2024 final

23:39 , Mike Jones

ITV commentator Sam Matterface lost his voice as he detailed the moment England reached the Euro 2024 final.

Super sub Ollie Watkins netted in the 90th minute to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday night (10 July) and send Gareth Southgate’s team to Sunday’s showpiece event against Spain.

As the referee blew the final whistle moments later, Matterface’s voice cracked as he suggested the Three Lions are now just “one step from immortality”.

ITV pundits Gary Neville and Ian Wright also went crazy as they watched the winning goal from their studio in Berlin.

Gary Neville and Ian Wright share hug as ITV pundits celebrate England winner

23:36 , Mike Jones

ITV pundits Gary Neville and Ian Wright shared a hug as they celebrated the last-minute winner that sent England into the Euro 2024 final.

Super sub Ollie Watkins netted in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

The goal sparked scenes of jubilation inside Westfalenstadion, with other subs seen spilling onto the pitch to celebrate.

ITV pundits also went crazy as they watched the goal from their studio in Berlin.

“Pundit limbs,” the ITV Football social media account wrote, sharing an amusing video of Neville and Wright celebrating while Roy Keane watched on.

England fans erupt as last-minute winner sends Three Lions to Euro 2024 final

23:33 , Mike Jones

England fans erupted as Ollie Watkins scored a last-minute winner to send the Three Lions to the Euro 2024 final.

Gareth Southgate’s super sub netted in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 win over the Netherlands. The goal sparked scenes of jubilation inside Westfalenstadion, with other subs seen spilling onto the pitch to celebrate.

Back home fans watching the game in a Boxpark venue in London went absolutely crazy as Watkins scored the winner. As has become tradition, beers went flying into the air as supporters jumped and danced around, some even taking their tops off.

Gareth Southgate provides Kieran Trippier injury update after England reach Euro 2024 final

23:32 , Mike Jones

Gareth Southgate has revealed Kieran Trippier was substituted in England’s Euro 2024 semi-final win over the Netherlands as a precaution as he manages a groin injury.

The Newcastle defender was replaced at the break in Dortmund with Luke Shaw coming on.

And after Ollie Watkins’ goal sent the Three Lions into the final on Sunday against Spain, Southgate has provided an update on Trippier’s condition.

Southgate provides Trippier injury update for Euro 2024 final

Ronald Koeman reacts after ‘difficult to accept’ last-minute Ollie Watkins semi-final winner

23:31 , Mike Jones

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman felt England were wrongly awarded a penalty in their Euro 2024 semi-final defeat – but says the Three Lions are capable of going on to beat Spain in the final on Sunday.

An early strike from Xavi Simons put the Oranje in the driving seat but a fine response from Gareth Southgate’s team saw Harry Kane win and score a penalty in a dominant rest of the first half.

After the Dutch appeared to be in the ascendency once more after the break, England’s subs proved the difference as Ollie Watkins struck in the final moments to send them through to the showpiece game in Berlin.

Koeman reacts after ‘difficult to accept’ last-minute Watkins winner

Lamine Yamal is a complete talent and ready to make Lionel Messi’s shirt his own

23:30 , Mike Jones

If Lamine Yamal already stands out for his speed, consider the evolution of his career. It was as recently as May 2022 when word started to get around the wider game that Barcelona had another one.

When one of the scouts that discovered Andres Iniesta was asked by senior football figures about whispers that the club had “one very special player”, the response was instantaneous. “Lamine Yamal.” There usually tends to be a relatively long build-up from that, as hype builds for a few seasons. Not here.

A year after that, when just 15, he was scoring a spectacular curling long-range goal against France in the under-17 European Championships semi-final. A year after that, which was Tuesday night, he was scoring an almost identical goal in the actual European Championships semi-final against a France team filled with stars.

Lamine Yamal is a complete talent and ready to make Lionel Messi’s shirt his own

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman, speaking to ITV Sport:

23:27 , Mike Jones

“First half yes, second half not. It was more 50/50. They created problems in our midfield in the first half. We didn’t control how they play between the line with Foden and Bellingham.

“Our feeling was maybe in the last 20 minutes, we are more fresh. They scored a great goal in the final minute and that is football. Maybe we deserved an extra-time but it’s like that and we can be proud about our national team. We had a great tournament.”

Gareth Southgate on his substitutions:

23:24 , Mike Jones

“We were happy with how Phil [Foden] and Harry [Kane] were playing. We have got a good bench, we had freshness and we know that Ollie can make those runs down the side.

“This is what we came here to do and we have been building for two years. We have got to enjoy tonight, but equally it is such a quick turn around and we have a day less than the team who have been the best the tournament.”

England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live:

23:21 , Mike Jones

“Very special night and hopefully very special for everyone at home. I thought our performance was really good.

“You knew with the Netherlands they have more quality so they can punish you like they did, but there’s more opportunity to play. Our midfield players, Foden especially, were key finding space and they had to keep changing what they were doing.

“Bukayo, did an immense job. He started as a wing-back and he defended as a winger at times – it was one of those nights that everyone had to be flexible.”

When is the Euro 2024 final and who do England play?

23:18 , Mike Jones

England are through to a second consecutive European Championship final after beating the Netherlands in Dortmund.

Gareth Southgate’s side suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 three years ago, losing on penalties at Wembley.

But the Three Lions will have the chance to win their first major men’s international tournament in 57 years in the Euro 2024 final.

Despite poor performances in the group stages, England have beaten Slovakia, Switzerland and Netherlands in the knockouts.

When is the Euro 2024 final and who do England play?

England forward Jude Bellingham, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live:

23:15 , Mike Jones

“We told you last time we live to fight another day. Another late goal, but it would be nice to score first and have that peace of mind.

“When they scored the first goal I didn’t think we were playing badly, it was a good finish to be fair.

“I am really proud of the boys. The reaction, attitude and mentality. Quality is one thing, but those characteristics you cannot learn in training – you get it from experience and each other.

“Now it is one more game. We are tired, it has been a long season, but this is one last push for our country and for history.”

King congratulates England on reaching Euro 2024 final

23:12 , Mike Jones

The King has congratulated the England men’s football team on reaching the final of Euro 2024 – but has urged them to avoid more last-minute drama.

In a message to Gareth Southgate’s side following the Three Lions’ 2-1 win against the Netherlands, Charles sent the players the royal family’s “very best wishes” and “warmest congratulations”.

But the King quipped about the recent drama endured by England fans, including a last-gasp equaliser in the second round against Slovakia and a penalty triumph against Switzerland in the quarter-final, asking them to watch out for the nation’s blood pressure in the final clash with Spain.

King congratulates England on reaching Euro 2024 final

Virgil van Dijk reacting to Netherlands’ Euro 2024 exit:

23:09 , Mike Jones

“Obviously throughout the whole tournament we’ve seen so many sides to our team. Good sides in the attacking and defensive form, but also a bad side against Austria, today was a good game, for many reasons, with and without the ball, an intense game.

“They created good moments, so did we. To concede in the last minute, it’s difficult to accept. Especially when it’s a knockout semi-final and it shattered our dreams.

“I don’t know what to say, I don’t know if I should say something about this, I said it to our Dutch media, it says it all that the referee went in quite quickly after the game, had no time to shake his hand. The game is done and we lost, it’s hard to take.

“Certain moments, it’s obvious it should have gone our way. It didn’t. Whatever the outcome, it’s tough, it’s difficult to take. We had a big dream, we thought we could achieve that here.

“I don’t know, they keep changing certain things that could have a big impact. Let them come to you and explain certain moments, like we have to do, that might be something. I shouldn’t speak about others, we have to look at ourselves.”

Ollie Watkins speaking in the post match press conference:

23:06 , Mike Jones

“I didn’t dream about that to be honest. I can’t lie and say I did, scoring for England is amazing but I didn’t think I’d do it in a tournament like that.

“When I was on the bench I said to Dean Henderson I can make a difference today and need to get on. I took my chance, scored it and now are in the final. One last game.

“Spain are a great footballing team. So many good players, a lot of squad depth like ourselves, experience.

“It is the most important game of our lives. We will try to enjoy tonight and then focus on Spain.”

Ollie Watkins speaking in the post match press conference:

23:03 , Mike Jones

“Lost for words really. When you score there are emotions that come through your body but this is just a different feeling. It was in slow motion when I ran to celebrate with the boys.

“I didn’t want to get off the pitch at the end, I wanted to soak it all in as it doesn’t happen often.

“The ball came into me, hold up is not the strongest side of my game but the goal was my bread and butter. I said to Cole Palmer we were both going to go on the pitch and he would set me up and it happened.

“You don’t get that opportunity very often and I had to be greedy and take the shot. I don’t think I have hit the ball so sweet like that before.”

Ollie Watkins speaking in the post match press conference:

23:00 , Mike Jones

“I never thought I’d be playing in the Euros for England. You can dream but I am a realist, I just take by day and one step at a time. I was just focused on getting back into the first team at Exeter.

“I have put a lot of work to get to this point, not just this season. I will enjoy every moment.

“Recently I have obviously got a bit frustrated. I don’t like to be on the bench, I have had the best season of my career. A few friends messaged me and said be patient and the amount of people who messaged me tonight saying I would score when I come on was ridiculous.

“Hopefully they can do the same for the final or give me the lottery numbers.”

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22:57 , Mike Jones

Jude Bellingham spoke about England’s victory, Watkins’ goal and the run to the final telling ITV:

“Ollie came on and won it. We’re really grateful because I don’t know if I had another half an hour in me. I’m so happy for him. He came on and took his opportunity. I couldn’t be prouder. The whole team are buzzing for him. He’s the hero and he saved us.

“In these games, we come together like no other team. We’ve delivered again. These moments are great. They bring us together as a team and a family. It’s about bringing that into the final.

“Spain have looked amazing. They’ve been really good but it’s a one-off game and anything can happen. I’m sure we’ll sit down, look at them and do the right analysis. It’ll be interesting to go toe-to-toe with them.”

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:54 , Mike Jones

England have knocked out Netherlands, ranked 7th in the Fifa rankings – the highest ranked nation they have eliminated from a World Cup/Euro knockout tie since Spain in the Euro 1996 quarter-final (6th).

England subs spill onto pitch as Ollie Watkins scores last-minute winner in Euro 2024 semi-final

22:51 , Mike Jones

Ollie Watkins scored a stunning last-minute winner to send England to the Euro 2024 final, sparking scenes of jubilation on the touchline.

England substitutes were seen spilling onto the pitch moments after super sub Watkins fired the ball into the back of the Netherlands net in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 win.

Gareth Southgate’s side went behind early in the game, when Xavi Simons beat Jordan Pickford from outside the box after just seven minutes.

Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot shortly after and with the match heading to extra-time, Watkins popped up in the final moments to win it.

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:48 , Mike Jones

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The night Phil Foden finally joined the Euro 2024 party and gave England a gameplan for the final

22:45 , Mike Jones

It was the performance England had been waiting for, but for Phil Foden, it was perhaps the opponent he had needed.

For 45 minutes, one of the Premier League’s finest and the national squad’s most capable looked every inch the star he has become: a player as adept at finding space as exploiting it, as consistent in his decision-making as in his execution.

After five arguably false starts, sporadically showing his gifted touch but too often littered with horizontal unimagination, Foden became playmaker, goal threat and counter-attacking fulcrum all at once against Netherlands.

Phil Foden finally joined the party and gave England a gameplan for the final

Ollie Watkins reveals prediction with Cole Palmer after firing England into Euro 2024 final

22:42 , Mike Jones

Ollie Watkins revealed he made a prediction to Cole Palmer that they would fire England into the Euro 2024 final as the substitutes combined to create a stunning 91st minute winner against the Netherlands.

Watkins and Palmer were sent on by manager Gareth Southgate in a bold double-change, replacing Harry Kane and Phil Foden with extra time looming against the Dutch in Dortmund.

And Southgate’s gamble paid off as Palmer set up Watkins, with the Aston Villa striker sending England through with a stunning touch and finish into the corner.

Watkins reveals prediction with Palmer after firing England into final

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:39 , Mike Jones

England at Euro 2024 will be the first team in Euro/World Cup history to face five different countries all beginning with the same letter in a single tournament (Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain).

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:36 , Mike Jones

Ollie Watkins giving his thoughts to ITV:

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:33 , Mike Jones

England have now reached the final in two of their four major tournaments under Gareth Southgate (also Euro 2020).

They had only done so in one of their previous 23 World Cup/Euro appearances (1966 World Cup) before Southgate’s tenure.

Gary Neville slams ‘disgraceful’ England penalty that left ITV pundits divided

22:30 , Mike Jones

Gary Neville branded Harry Kane’s penalty against the Netherlands a “disgrace” as England were handed a lifeline in their Euro 2024 semi-final.

Gareth Southgate’s side trailed to Xavi Simons’ stunning strike inside seven minutes in Dortmund, before Kane hit a rising strike over the crossbar from inside the penalty area.

However, as the England captain stayed down holding his foot, replays showed Kane was caught by Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries as he swung for the ball.

Gary Neville slams ‘disgraceful’ England penalty that left ITV pundits divided

How Ollie Watkins and four touches changed everything for England and set up final chance

22:27 , Mike Jones

A final twist.

In a tournament where every Gareth Southgate decision has been questioned and criticised, it is one of his decisive substitutions that has sent England back to European football’s greatest stage. Many might say it was the obvious move to take off Harry Kane but it still wasn’t as clear as Ollie Watkins’s sublime finish to give the manager and the team this last chance at redemption for Euro 2020.

This is something that shouldn’t be overlooked in all of the undercurrents that will swirl around a gruelling 2-1 victory over the Netherlands.

England are back in a major final, their second in three years, and just the third in history. It is the sort of record this football culture has long desired but now there is the demand for more.

How Ollie Watkins and four touches changed everything for England

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:27 , Mike Jones

More from Ian Wright speaking as a pundit on ITV. He said:

“Ollie Watkins’ game is about stretching and getting beyond defenders. He is in between players. His movement has purpose. It’s in his mind to get ready. This is what Ollie Watkins does.

“This is the exact attitude I would want to have. You want Cole Palmer to come on and hit a pass that is perfect. In the moment, get back to the basics. It was absolutely perfect.

“Nobody did that to those defenders all night. They had an easy ride until he came on.”

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:24 , Mike Jones

Here’s Ollie Watkins giving his reaction after his match winning goal:

“Honestly I swear, I said to Cole [Palmer] ‘We’re going to come on and you’re going to set me up.’ I knew, as soon as he got the ball, he was going to play me in. When it went in the bottom corner, it was the best feeling ever.

“We’ve got that bounce-back factor to going a goal behind. We never give up. One more game – we’re ready for Spain.”

England v Netherlands player ratings: Cole Palmer helps to change the game in Euro 2024 semi-final

22:21 , Mike Jones

England reached the final of Euro 2024 with a late, late victory over Netherlands on Wednesday, setting up a clash with Spain.

After falling behind to an early Xavi Simons goal – a wonderful strike after Declan Rice was dispossessed – England restored parity with a penalty.

It was a controversial call, but Harry Kane won the spot-kick, before converting with an accurate finish.

A nervy, back-and-forth possession game ensued, before England substitutes Cole Palmer and Ollie Watkins combined for the winner in the 91st minute, with the latter scoring from a tight angle.

But how did each player perform? Here are The Independent’s player ratings:

England v Netherlands player ratings: Cole Palmer helps to change the game

Thought you knew the England at Euro 2024? Think again

22:18 , Mike Jones

And so the ultimate clash of philosophies is off. Spain against England is a final of teams who had seemed to be road-testing theories on the route to Berlin: Spain that it was impossible to win Euro 2024 without playing well in every game, England that it was possible to win it without playing well in any.

Until, as though scarred by the elimination of their soulmates from France, England delivered something that had come to feel out of character: compelling, attacking football. Sluggishness was replaced by speed, disjointedness by moments that demonstrated they could be devastating.

Five forgettable games, interspersed only with moments, gave way to a seminal semi-final. After plodding their way around Germany, cocooned in Blankenhain while most of the teams who provided excitement went out, England belatedly stepped up. They head to Berlin buoyed by a buccaneering first half, a brilliant late winner and a glimpse of the team many had hoped they would be.

Thought you knew the England at Euro 2024? Think again

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22:18 , Mike Jones

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Alan Shearer said: “England had to suffer for large parts because of the switch Ronald Koeman made.

“They couldn’t find a way it was crying out for a substitute, that man was Ollie Watkins and he did it perfectly well.”

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:15 , Mike Jones

Speaking on ITV Ian Wright said: “I’m lost for words. It was an unbelievable moment from Watkins. He’s hit that so well across the goalkeeper. A brilliant goal.”

Lee Dixon added: “Southgate had a vision of Watkins scoring the winner, and boy did he deliver. A brilliant goal has put England into the final.”

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:12 , Mike Jones

Ollie Watkins was awarded the Player of the Match. That’s a bit outrageous after the performances from Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Kobbie Mainoo.

Watkins had one chance and took perfectly so no-one will be too bothered by the decision. The Uefa Technical Observer panel said: “He made a huge impact with a great individual goal.”


FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:09 , Mike Jones

England are the first side in European Championship history to reach the final despite trailing in both the quarter-final and semi-final en route.

They also trailed in the last-16 versus Slovakia.

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:06 , Mike Jones

Ollie Watkins has scored only the second ever 90th-minute winning goal in a European Championship knockout tie, after Germany v Turkey in the 2008 semi-final.



FT England 2-1 Netherlands

22:03 , Mike Jones

Sweet Caroline is belted out of the stadium’s speakers as the England fans start to sing and dance with pure joy. The players are hugging and high fiving each other.

Gareth Southgate is beaming.

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22:00 , Mike Jones

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FT England 2-1 Netherlands

21:58 , Mike Jones

Here’s the moment Ollie Watkins sent England to the Euro 2024 final:

FT England 2-1 Netherlands

21:56 , Mike Jones

What a game! Easily England’s best one of the tournament.

The Three Lions have managed to defeat the Netherlands and they’ll have the chance win Euro 2024 when they take on Spain this Sunday.

A penalty from Harry Kane and an Ollie Watkins winner late in the game have sent them through.

Gareth Southgate made positive substitutions. They were the correct ones and rightly the players are now celebrating on the pitch.

Full-time! England 2-1 Netherlands

21:55 , Mike Jones

90+4 mins: The whistle goes!

England are in the Euro 2024 final!

GOAL! England 2-1 Netherlands (Watkins, 90’)⚽️

21:52 , Mike Jones

90 mins: Unbelievable!

Ollie Watkins is in the right place at the right time. He scoots into the penalty area past Stefan de Vrij, receives the pass and then rolls it into the far corner.

The ball bounces in off the post.

England are in front!

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:48 , Mike Jones

88 mins: A cross field pass comes over to Luke Shaw who stops it dead. He then sends the ball into the box and almost finds Ollie Watkins but the ball is too far away from him.

It rolls through to Cole Palmer who cuts to the left then rattles a shot over the top.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:47 , Mike Jones

87 mins: Netherlands’ free kick is flicked into the box where John Stones and Virgil van Dijk both leap to the ball. It hits Stones last and bobbles out of play but the referee awards a goal kick.

Van Dijk isn’t happy and voices his displeasure at the referee who pulls out a card.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:45 , Mike Jones

86 mins: Bellingham wins a free kick after some brilliant footwork and skill on the left wing. England take the free kick quickly and look to come down the left.

The Netherlands turn the ball over and break on the counter. They whip it over to Gakpo who runs at Saka who clips his ankle and brings him down.

Saka goes in the book too. This free kick is dangerous for England.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:43 , Mike Jones

83 mins: Gareth Southgate’s changes are here. Harry Kane and Phil Foden have been taken off with Cole Palmer and Ollie Watkins brought on for the final 10 minutes.

Will they positively impact this game?

NO GOAL! England 1-1 Netherlands

21:40 , Mike Jones

80 mins: England think they have their goal!

Phil Foden slips the ball through to Kyle Walker making an overlapping run. He takes the ball up then knocks it back to Bukayo Saka. Saka slots it into the back of the net with his first touch but the offside flag goes up.

The replays show Walker just drifted. Gutting for England.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:37 , Mike Jones

78 mins: Ally McCoist and Lee Dixon on ITV commentary are begging for Southgate to switch things up and inject some change of momentum into this game.

Netherlands get a shot away from the edge of the box but it’s drilled into the floor and loops up safely for Jordan Pickford.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:36 , Karl Matchett

Our football reporter Karl Matchett has picked up on a big shift in momentum this half:

The runs in behind have stopped, the attacking passes at pace too. Jordan Pickford is the goalkeeper who has had to do more work in this half and Bukayo Saka, influential in the first 45 minutes when dovetailing with Phil Foden, has basically been a bystander. Southgate hasn’t made early subs in the knockout rounds by and large, but it’s looking like time for him to make an alteration or watch the Dutch only continue to grow in confidence.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:34 , Mike Jones

75 mins: Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka both believe they’ve been fouled but again the referee isn’t interested. Cody Gakpo then receives the same treatment as Kyle Walker comes across and tackles him with a fine and perfectly timed slide.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:31 , Mike Jones

72 mins: More changes are needed to swing the momentum of the game again. It’s coasting along for England with the Netherlands starting to exert some pressure.

Gareth Southgate must see this. There are plenty of options on the bench but which way will he go?

Bellingham gets booked for a tackle on Stefan de Vrij but doesn’t get to the ball in time.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:28 , Mike Jones

69 mins: Pickford doesn’t take a chance as Gakpo beats Saka and smokes a cross over to the back post. Netherlands have a couple of targets waiting for the ball but the goalkeeper tips it out for a corner.

The corner comes into the middle and Ake’s header finds Pickford but the whistle goes early for an England free kick.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:25 , Mike Jones

66 mins: Save! Joey Veerman whips a lovely free kick into the penalty area for the Netherlands. England don’t deal with it and Virgil van Dijk is on hand to poke the ball towards goal.

Jordan Pickford sees it early and palms it wide of the post. Good save from the England goalkeeper.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:23 , Mike Jones

64 mins: The tempo of the match has dropped significantly. Ronald Koeman’s changes have stifled England’s control in midfield and the Three Lions are back to searching for some creativity.

It’s certainly more reminiscent of their earlier games in this tournament.

The Netherlands needed to switch it up. They were being outplayed towards the end of the first half and this feels like a more even playing field again.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:21 , Mike Jones

62 mins: Cody Gakpo goes on a fine run and weaves inside of Kyle Walker before switching the ball out to Denzel Dumfries.

Gakpo wants the cross early but Dumfries passes it inside to Joey Veerman whose cross is too high and too long to be a danger for England.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:19 , Mike Jones

60 mins: The referee has been fairly lenient tonight. Kane is shouldered off the ball and goes down but doesn’t complain when the referee plays on.

Denzel Dumfries then thinks he was hindered by Luke Shaw trying to control a dropping ball but again the referee lets the game flow.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:16 , Mike Jones

57 mins: Netherlands just can’t get out at the minute. England aren’t really piling much pressure on their penalty area but they are pegging the Dutch in their own half and have the awareness to cut out any developing counter-attacks.

Can they make this pressure count and get themselves ahead?

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:14 , Richard Jolly

Our senior football correspondent Richard Jolly with an update from Dortmund:

A second change already from Ronald Koeman is a sign that the Netherlands are struggling to get to grips with England. First Joey Veerman – hauled off after 35 minutes against Austria – was a very different replacement when Memphis Depay was injured, with the aim of giving them more of a foothold in midfield. Now Wout Weghorst has come on at half-time. Xavi Simons, who starred at the start in a central role, is now on the right.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:13 , Mike Jones

54 mins: England work the ball nicely out to Shaw on the left who puts a cross into the box that Dumfries knocks out for a throw in. England have picked up where they left off but they’re still getting used to this switch in formation.

Netherlands manage to turn over the ball and feed it over to Simons on the right. He dribbles to the edge of the box but can’t find a way around Kobbie Mainoo.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:10 , Mike Jones

51 mins: A long throw from Walker sends Saka into the penalty area. He keeps the ball in play then knocks it back into the middle but Harry Kane isn’t around to get on the end of it.

That was a chance for England but the striker’s positioning was off once again.

England 1-1 Netherlands

21:07 , Mike Jones

48 mins: From the first few minutes of the second half it looks like England may have slipped into a back four but their system is fluid enough that they’ve got cover when needed.

Joey Veerman presses up against Kobbie Mainoo and blocks a pass as the midfielder looks to slip a ball through to Bukayo Saka.

Second half! England 1-1 Netherlands

21:04 , Mike Jones

Changes from both managers. Ronald Koeman brings on Wout Weghorst which will change the whole dynamic of the Netherlands team. Donyell Malen is off.

Kieran Trippier has been replaced with Luke Shaw who slots into the left wingback role for England.

Netherlands get the ball rolling again.

HT England 1-1 Netherlands

21:00 , Mike Jones

Harry Kane is now the all-time top scorer in knockout games in the European Championship, with his penalty vs Netherlands his sixth such goal.

Kane also now has more knockout stage goals in major tournaments (World Cup/Euros) than any other European player (9), overtaking Gerd Müller, Miroslav Klose, Antoine Griezmann, and Kylian Mbappé (all 8).

HT England 1-1 Netherlands

20:56 , Mike Jones

Xavi Simons’ effort in the seventh minute is the earliest goal scored in a Euros semi-final since Alan Shearer for England vs Germany in 1996 (3rd min).

HT England 1-1 Netherlands

20:55 , Miguel Delaney

And breathe! Our chief football writer Miguel Delaney has the latest at the break in Dortmund:

By far England’s best spell of the tournament, and one of the better halves of football full stop. Kobbie Mainoo and Phil Foden have been sensational together. They have driven the team today, and been influential in lifting England to a much higher level. Mainoo is making England move at one end and winning it back at the other, at some points almost pinning the Dutch back himself. From that, Foden is looking so dangerous, in what seems like so much more space for England. Unlike previous games, though, there’s an assertiveness and will about what the attackers are doing. Ronald Koeman really needs to change something here or the Dutch will get overrun.

HT England 1-1 Netherlands

20:52 , Mike Jones

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Half-time! England 1-1 Netherlands

20:48 , Mike Jones

45+3 mins: A convincing and entertaining first 45 minutes from England. The Netherlands took the lead with a spectacular strike from Xavi Simons and it felt as though the Three Lions may falter.

Instead they raised the tempo, won a penalty and equalised through Harry Kane. Phil Foden, Kobbie Mainoo and Jude Bellingham have all looked sharp in the middle of the pitch but this match is all square and can still swing either way.

Lots to play for after the break.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:46 , Mike Jones

45 mins: They work it well and feed Trippier into the box of the left. He sends a first time cross into the middle but Verbruggen is on hand to cling onto it.

Three minutes of added time to play before the end of the first half.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:44 , Mike Jones

42 mins: This has been England’s best performance of the tournament. Calm, composed, quick with the ball and willing to take on defenders.

Can they score again before the break?

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:39 , Mike Jones

39 mins: Foden is hungry tonight. He’s playing superbly with Mainoo and receives the ball just outside the box before shooting and forcing a low shot out of Bart Verbruggen.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:38 , Mike Jones

38 mins: Netherland burst forward on a mini break and have an extra man sprinting towards goal. Cody Gakpo sends it across but a recovering Kobbie Mainoo leaps towards the ball and makes the interception.

He put the burners on there to cut that attack short. Fine work from the midfielder.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:36 , Mike Jones

35 mins: Memphis Depay looks like he’s pulled a hamstring and hobbles off the pitch. Ronald Koeman takes him off and brings Joey Veerman to replace him.

Veerman will slot into the midfield and try to shore things up for the Dutch, Xavi Simons looks like he’s moved out to the left witn Donyell Malen now the central striker.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:35 , Karl Matchett

Our football reporter Karl Matchett brings an update from Dortmund after this gripping first half:

By a distance, the most open game England have been involved in so far at the Euros – and although they don’t have anything like control of the match, it’s hard to argue that it doesn’t suit their strengths better. The attacking midfield contingent – including nominal wing-back Bukayo Saka – are all heavily involved in buildup play and they are breaking through the Orange ranks with some regularity. The same can be said in the other direction too, of course.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:32 , Mike Jones

32 mins: Post!

Declan Rice switches the ball over to Bukayo Saka who brings it under control and taps it inside to Phil Foden. Foden spins on the half turn, checks to the left and whips a shot towards the far side of the goal.

The ball curls in and strikes the post before bouncing wide!

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:30 , Mike Jones

31 mins: Crossbar!

Netherlands win a corner that gets whipped onto the head of Denzel Dumfries. He turns the ball towards goal and rattles the woodwork before the ball loops over the top.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:28 , Mike Jones

30 mins: After England’s period of dominance now it’s the Netherlands’ turn. They’re content to hold onto the ball as england fall back into their defensive shape.

Memphis Depay loses possession to Bellingham who feeds it over to Saka and the winger flies up the pitch.

Having seen the replays of Foden’s earlier effort is was Denzel Dumfries who kept the ball out. He’ll feel a whole heap better after also giving away that penalty.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:26 , Mike Jones

27 mins: There’s a lot of desire and positivity from England. They’re pressing well and putting the Netherlands under real pressure in thier own half.

Dumfries attempts to swing a cross into the box but Trippier is there to block on England’s left side.

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:24 , Mike Jones

24 mins: Off the line!

Brilliant from Kobbie Mainoo. He gets fed the ball, spins and carries the ball forward. He slips it into the box to Phil Foden who runs in behind.

Foden twists, weaves and rolls the ball onto his right foot before beating the goalkeeper and seeing his effort cleared off the line!

How has that not gone in?

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:21 , Mike Jones

21 mins: Everyone reset.

England are level in the game, perhaps a touch fortuitously as that penalty decision will be a controversial one. Harry Kane took the penalty brilliantly though and rid himself of the miss at the World Cup versus France.

The Three Lions were in the ascendancy before the penalty. Can they keep it up?

England 1-1 Netherlands

20:20 , Jack Rathborn

Our Senior Football Correspondent Richard Jolly has the latest from Dortmund:

England have come from behind against Slovakia and Switzerland. This could be a hat-trick of comebacks, though, with Harry Kane restoring parity with a third fine shot in a few minutes. The second, when he hooked a shot over the bar and was caught by Denzel Dumfries, brought his penalty. It was superbly taken and Kane’s bright start may be a sign he is sharper than in previous matches.

GOAL! England 1-1 Netherlands (Kane, 18’)⚽️

20:19 , Mike Jones

18 mins: Harry Kane converts from the spot!

He drills it low to the goalkeeper’s right. Bart Verbruggen dives the correct way and stretches out a hand but he can’t get there. The ball is right in the corner and England are level.

England 0-1 Netherlands

20:17 , Mike Jones

16 mins: Well now. There’s a check for a potential penalty.

When Kane took his shot he was challenged by Denzel Dumfries who clipped the England captain. The referee has been sent over to the pitchside monitor.

He looks at the replay and points to the spot! Wow.

Penalty to England!

England 0-1 Netherlands

20:15 , Mike Jones

15 mins: Harry Kane drops deep to get on the ball, turns towards goal and shoots forcing a sharp stop out of Bart Verbruggen. The Netherlands goalkeeper is into the action for the first time.

England come again. Bellingham plays the ball out to Saka who takes it into the box. He weaves away from a couple of defenders and has a shot blocked.

The ball bounces up for Kane who hooks one towards goal and lifts the effort just over the crossbar!

England 0-1 Netherlands

20:13 , Mike Jones

13 mins: This time it’s Trippier who delivers the cross and finds Declan Rice at the far post. Rice taps the ball into the middle where Harry Kane is waiting but the Dutch manage to hook it clear just before it bounces to the England captain.

Better stuff from England but they need to step it up another level.

Watch: Xavi Simons strikes to give Netherlands the lead

20:12 , Jamie Braidwood

A stunning strike from Xavi Simons, but could Jordan Pickford do better?

England 0-1 Netherlands

20:12 , Mike Jones

11 mins: Kieran Trippier and Phil Foden stand over the set piece. Foden swings it into the box but Nathan Ake is there to nod the ball away.

England recover the ball and get it to Bukayo Saka. He turns back towards goal and gets taken out by Cody Gakpo. Another free kick to England.

England 0-1 Netherlands

20:10 , Jack Rathborn

Our chief football writer Miguel Delaney reacts to that superb goal from Simons:

The Dutch had looked like they started that bit sharper than England, and they’ve just proved it. Xavi Simons knocked Declan Rice off the ball, proceeded to surge forward and then hit one of the goals of the tournament with a soaring strike. Pickford seemed stunned by it. England need to match the Dutch for intensity now.

England 0-1 Netherlands

20:10 , Mike Jones

10 mins: Not at all the start England would have wanted but there’s plenty of time to recover from it. England have gone behind in each of their knockout matches so far so they’re used to this position.

Jude Bellingham takes a knock to the head and needs a bit of treatment as the Three Lions win a free kick in a good area.

GOAL! England 0-1 Netherlands (Simons, 7’)⚽️

20:08 , Mike Jones

7 mins: Wow!

Too much space for Xavi Simons who shrugs Declan Rice off the ball inside his own half. He drives the ball towards the box then rockets a wonderful strike into the far corner!

That is a glorious goal.

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England 0-0 Netherlands

20:06 , Karl Matchett

Our football reporter Karl Matchett has noticed something already in Dortmund:

A minor thing, but a change: we’ve already seen England counter-attack twice with some tempo in their passes – in previous games there have been very few occasions when even opportunities to breakaway in numbers and at speed haven’t been instead met by softer, safer passes to feet, not allowing forward momentum to build and defensive lines to be broken. Perhaps a sign of what’s to come…

England 0-0 Netherlands

20:05 , Mike Jones

5 mins: Netherlands beat the English high press and send the ball over to Xavi Simons. Donyell Malen makes a run into the box and wants the early pass which doesn’t come.

Marc Guehi and Kyle Walker get back well and block the path of the ball allowing it to run through to Jordan Pickford.

England 0-0 Netherlands

20:03 , Mike Jones

3 mins: The battle in this match may come in midfield. Jude Bellingham wants a bit of time to work a pass over to Kieran Trippier on the left but he’s harried by Xavi Simons.

A deflected pass loops into the air but Declan Rice is strong enough to hold off Donyell Malen and keep England in possession of the ball.

The early signs are that this match might be a physical fight in the middle of the pitch.

England v Netherlands

20:02 , Jack Rathborn

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