ENG vs NED Dream 11 Team: After being walked all over in their respective semi-final clashes, Great Britain and Netherlands turn to each other to find solace in third place
Great Britain Vs Netherlands Third Place Match FIH Pro League Best Dream 11 Team
They went into the semi-finals of the FIH Pro League looking to assert themselves of a spot in the final of the showpiece tournament, but for Great Britain and Netherlands the script turned out to be a sordid one. Trounced in their respective clashes, both the sides were handsomely beaten to find themselves now fighting it against each other for the last available laurels in the league.
While the matches for both the sides were always going to e stern tests, taking on teams much better functioning and higher placed than themselves, the way the two went down made for dismal viewing. World champions Belgium finally managed to stem an inclement spree with their attackers intertwining to put down Netherlands 3-1, leaving the third ranked country in the world facing the aberrations of failing to step up when it mattered the most.
Elsewhere while Great Britain were never favoured across the hockey community to register a win against Australia, the 6-1 trashing they received was unprecedented as well. Always fortune to make it this far, Great Britain where shambolically exposed as they were ripped apart 6-1, a result which brought into light once again the beleaguered form of their backline.
Now up against each other after two howler performances, for both Great Britain and Netherlands this is much more than a third place match. The first encounter from the concluding day of the tournament brings for either side an opportunity to save face and put to bed the massive criticism which has been rightfully directed their way.
As far as this match goes, we see Netherlands stepping up to the mantle and going past with ease to a win. Although both the sides have endured similar results in the tournament up till now, conceding 33 and 32 goals respectively, Netherlands have a better and more well rounded attack, something which heavily tips the scales in their balance.
Goal-Keeper for ENG vs NED Dream 11
Not many options to choose from apart from Netherlands’ Sam Van Der Ven. He’s refused to be put down by the dwindling nature of his defence, always showing perseverance to come up with the saves and we see him doing the same today as well.
Defenders for ENG vs NED Dream 11
In between them, the two sides have gone onto concede a colossal 65 goals in 30 matches, a contentious showing which gave birth to their calamitous showings in the semi-finals. And it’s this narrative which sees us sick which just the three defenders for our Dream 11 side.
From Netherlands we have opted for a duo in Mink Van Der Weerden and Jip Janssen, two players who managed to act as the patrons of a face saving performance against Belgium. In a scoreline which could have turned extremely silly had the two not elevated their performances and kept hovering around Belgium’s exuberant strike force, we were particularly impressed with how this duo just never knew when to give up.
The sole pick from Great Britain in the form of Englishman Michael Hoare. He was substituted late into the game and despite his side being pummelled 6-1, he managed to register a decent enough 26 points to his name.
Midfielders for ENG vs NED Dream 11
With the 6 field goals and 2 penalty corner conversions, Phil Roper from Great Britain becomes the first name to make an advent into our side. His rousing and compelling shows have been the reason for his side making it this far in the league and we see him emulating the same showing today as well.
It’s an entire trio for Great Britain over here with Zachary Wallace and Ian Sloan coming in as well while from Netherlands, the ever dependable and reliable Billy Bakker is being indulged in by us once again.
Forwards for ENG vs NED Dream 11
In between them, Roper and Sam Ward have scored 16 goals for their side and with 4 field goals and 4 penalty corners in his artillery, Wallace becomes the one and only striker we have opted from Great Britain. His immense understanding and knowhow of how to traverse past defenders with consummate ease is what sees him hold a place in our side today.
From Netherlands the two man partnership see their top scorer with the 7 goals, Jeroen Hertzberger come in for us with Seve Van Ass accompanying him as we see the two heaving the opposition’s defence and making life cumbersome for their backline.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Jeroen is our captain for this one while from Great Britain we have opted for Ward to be our vice-captain.
FIH Pro League
Match: Great Britain Vs Netherlands
Date And Time: 30th June, Sunday- 6:00pm IST
Venue: Wagener Stadium, Wagener