The Champions League final is done and dusted, which means football fans can finally turn their attention to the important stuff.
Ok, the UEFA Nations League finals may not be as prestigious as other competitions, but it still offers teams a rare opportunity to secure a piece of international silverware.
England, Netherlands, Switzerland and Portugal are all in the running to get their hands on what UEFA has called a “fetching 71cm-tall sterling silver trophy”.
Cristiano Ronaldo and co face Vladimir Petkovic’s side in the first semi-final while the Three Lions will take on Ronald Koeman’s men in the second, with the winners advancing to Sunday’s showpiece event in Porto.
Full fixture list
Wednesday June 5
Portugal vs Switzerland (19:45)
Thursday June 6
Netherlands vs England (19:45)
Sunday June 9
3rd place play-off 1 vs 3rd place play-off 2 (14:00)
Finalist 1 vs Finalist 2 (19:45)
Gareth Southgate has made some bold decisions already, with World Cup semi-final hero Kieran Trippier cut from the squad entirely and plenty of trust continuing to be placed on young players’ shoulders.
Victory would represent a real marker for England’s recent success, but getting past the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt will be far from straightforward.
The Dutch did not qualify for last summer’s tournament in Russia but have turned a corner in recent months and will be looking to make a statement of their own.
Switzerland represent the last four’s surprise package, having seen off a much-fancied Belgium outfit to reach this stage. However, they will start as underdogs against the hosts, who are by no means a one-man team.
Is it actually ‘coming home’? Or will England fall short in another semi-final? Watch the video at the top of the article to find out everything you need to know about the UEFA Nations League finals.
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