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England coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink appeared to remember that he was Dutch in the heart of his side’s celebrations on Wednesday night.

The former Chelsea star is a key part of Gareth Southgate’s coaching team and leapt into the arms of the Three Lions boss, along with assistant manager Steve Holland, after their side took the lead late on against the Netherlands in the semi-final of Euro 2024.

Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins came off of the bench to fire a fierce strike into the bottom corner in the 91st minute and ensure that England would reach consecutive Euro finals – with Spain awaiting them this weekend.

The Three Lions and the Netherlands were both reluctant to take too many risks in the second half of their contest in Dortmund, potentially concerned by the consequences of stretching the game.

Thus, Watkins’ late goal appeared to catch many off-guard – including Southgate and his team. The former Middlesbrough boss was seen charging towards his bench with his arms aloft after the ball squeezed past Brighton goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen, with Hasselbaink spotted in the heart of the celebrations.

The 52-year-old appeared initially overjoyed by the goal before the smile left his face and he returned to being somewhat neutral, with some speculating that his shift in mood may be because he is actually Dutch and made 23 appearances for the Netherlands as a player.

Despite his mixed allegiances, Hasselbaink will certainly be pleased with how the England side have come through Euro 2024 and shaken off the criticism that has been aimed at them.

The former Leeds United star may also be equally delighted to see that Southgate has recaptured the support of the nation after weeks of being blasted for his tactics and in-game management. Hasselbaink was hired by Southgate in March 2023, having played together at Middlesbrough.

The senior member of the coaching staff has been spotted on the sidelines being actively involved in discussing substitutions with Southgate and Holland, with the trio making two immediate changes after Watkins had sent their travelling supporters into a frenzy.

In what appeared to be a conversation led by assistant manager Holland, it was ruled that Ezri Konsa would replace Bakary Saka to provide more defensive security down the right, with Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher coming on in place of Kobbie Mainoo to provide fresh legs in the final few minutes.



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