England might be missing Harry Kane for their forthcoming friendly matches against Netherlands and Italy, although there aren’t many other absentees and the Three Lions can put up a good showing on Friday night.
Gareth Southgate isn’t particularly popular as an England manager although he’s a progressive thinker who wants to give new players a chance where possible and we’ve seen Alfie Mawson and James Tarkowski join the squad along with Lewis Cook.
Last autumn, England drew at home to Germany and Brazil, playing out goalless draws against both sides and they will be up against a Netherlands team who are in rebuilding mode following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The Dutch finished third in their group behind France and Sweden, with Arjen Robben having now announced his retirement from international duty and it means that Ryan Babel is now the most experienced player in the squad.
Ronald Koeman is tasked with making the Netherlands an international force again and there are tons of promising youngsters including Justin Kluivert, Guus Til and Donny van de Beek.
Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum are competent performers for Holland, although they actually lack the class of England who can field the likes of Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford, John Stones and Jamie Vardy.
The three-man central defence is looking strong and the goalkeeper issue has been overplayed considering that Jack Butland has been looking solid for Stoke despite the woes of the Potters this season.
We think that Vardy probably represents the best chance of a first scorer considering that England will look to break a high defensive line.