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Friday, 10 August, 2001, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Five of the best
Alan Shearer fires past Edwin van der Sar
Alan Shearer blasts his second goal in 1996
BBC Sport Online looks back at five memorable England versus Holland games.

European Championship 1996: England 4-1 Holland, Wembley

Terry Venables' side produced possibly the performance of the decade against a shell-shocked Dutch side at Wembley.

The anticipation for 80,000 expectant fans was intensified after England's 2-0 victory against the Auld Enemy, Scotland, three days earlier.

But only a few were expecting what could only be described as a "romp" against one of the pre-tournament favourites.

The midfield was orchestrated by the genius of Paul Gascoigne, while the defence was expertly marshalled by the dominant Tony Adams.

But the damage was inflicted up front, where Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham destroyed the Dutch defence with two goals apiece - three of them in 11 second-half minutes.

Patrick Kluivert netted the Dutch strike that secured Holland's passage to the quarter-finals on goal difference - an effort that ended Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the last eight.


World Cup qualifier 1994: Holland 2-0 England, Rotterdam

Ronald Koeman of Holland
Koeman: Lucky to be on the pitch
A match forever immortalised in an infamous documentary charting the woes of Graham Taylor's reign as England manager.

Ronald Koeman scored with a re-taken free-kick 20 yards from David Seaman's goal, giving the home side a vital 1-0 lead.

But the Barcelona defender should not have been anywhere near the ball considering his earlier professional foul on David Platt which only merited a yellow card from the referee.

The challenge was made the more insulting when television replays confirmed Platt had been brought down inside the box, but the referee awarded only a free-kick.

And the salt was ground deeper into the wounds when Dennis Bergkamp scored the second - a goal which ultimately cost Taylor his tenancy as England manager.


World Cup qualifier 1993: England 2-2 Holland, Wembley

The prelude to the showdown in Rotterdam, England had started in the best possible fashion when the much-maligned John Barnes curled a 20-yard free-kick past Ed de Goey in the first minute.

Paul Gascoigne wears a protective mask
Paul "Phantom of the midfield" Gascoigne
David Platt soon doubled the lead when he netted in the 22nd minute.

But the Dutch reduced the deficit 13 minutes later when Dennis Bergkamp brilliantly volleyed over the stranded Chris Woods after a fine pass from Jan Wouters.

Wouters soon left his impression - quite literally - on the match when he elbowed Paul Gascoigne, fracturing his cheekbone and forcing him to don a "Phantom of the Opera" style mask to protect his face.

Worse was to follow for England when the previously unbeatable Des Walker was easily outsprinted by Marc Overmars, much to the nation's dismay.

As the winger raced into the area, the Nottingham Forest defender conceded a penalty when he mistimed a rash challenge. Peter van Vossen stepped up to coolly level the scores.

The incident spelt the beginning of the end of Walker's time in an England shirt.


World Cup 1990: England 0-0 Holland, Cagliari

Both sides were desperately seeking victory after tentative draws in their opening Group D matches against the Republic of Ireland and Egypt.

The game, as predicted, was a hard-fought and tight affair.

But the match could have swung in favour of England in the dying seconds had Stuart Pearce noticed the referee's raised arm.

Marco Van Basten in action against England
Van Basten ran Tony Adams ragged
The left-back smashed a typically ferocious free-kick into the back of the net - only to have the goal disallowed because the free-kick was indirect.

Stranded goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen later claimed he had deliberately left the free-kick alone because he knew it would be disallowed if no-one touched it.


European Championship 1988: Holland 3-1 England, Dusseldorf

The result was conclusive - as was the hat-trick from Marco van Basten - but the result could have been quite different had Gary Lineker and Glenn Hoddle not hit the same post early in the first-half.

Van Basten became the first player to score three goals against England since 1959 - and he achieved the feat on Peter Shilton's 100th international appearance.

Captain Bryan Robson equalised for England, but a young Tony Adams was outclassed by Van Basten.

The Ajax striker, who along with team-mates Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard went onto play for AC Milan in Italy, scored two further goals as England's hopes of the last eight were ended.

Van Basten then went onto score one of the greatest goals seen in European football, volleying Holland's second from an impossible angle in their 2-0 victory against Russia in the final.

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