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It’s All Double Dutch

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The FA have announced an away friendly against Holland at the Amsterdam ArenA on August 12 2009. This will be the first of two friendlies against the Dutch, the second is scheduled for Wembley Stadium on 10th August 2011.

Kick-off times have not yet been scheduled but it is understood that ITV will broadcast the away game while Setanta have secured rights to the following home tie.

England have faced Holland in friendlies twice in recent years, both games ending in draws. November 2006 saw Wayne Rooney strike in Amsterdam, in February 2005 the teams played out a goalless draw at Villa Park.

U21 internationals between both nations will be played the day before the senior teams take to the field.

The Free Lions team produce Ground Guides for all England’s away trips, and will be doing the same for Amsterdam in the coming weeks. If you’d like to receive E-Lions updates whenever England play sign up via the Newsletter box on the FSF homepage.

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