The Englishmen and the Dutch will meet at Wembley for the first time since that game in Euro '96, when the hosts enjoyed a thoroughly convincing 4-1 win. Fast forward to 2012 and the two teams meet under vastly different situations.
In the game in 1996, Alan Shearer scored twice (a penalty in the 22<sup>nd minute and a 57<sup>th minute strike) and Teddy Sheringham also hit a brace, in the 51<sup>st and 62<sup>nd minute. The battered Dutch could only manage a consolation goal in the 78<sup>th minute via Patrick Kluivert.
New manager Stuart Pearce has made some interesting selections for this friendly by not including Chelsea star midfielder Frank Lampard and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. Other high-profile players not picked include Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Jermain Defoe (Totteham), Michael Dawson (Tottenham) and Bobby Zamora (QPR). Meanwhile, John Terry (Chelsea) and Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) are both down with injuries.
In a positive sign for the future, young players like Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea) and Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United) have been picked and will be looking forward to their debut, second and fourth appearances, respectively, for their country.
Meanwhile, the big news for England will be that a new captain will be appointed, after John Terry was relieved of his duties following a racial discrimination controversy.
As for the Dutch, Holland manager Bert van Marwijk has, pretty much, called all his star players, including van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) and Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool). The Dutch manager has also included youngsters such as Ola John (FC Twente) and Luciano Narsingh (Heerenveen), who will be making their debut for Holland. Also, PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters has been included in the national team despite having just returned from an injury.
"We don't have many options in that position and besides that, Erik always has done very well for us," uefa.com quoted Van Marwijk as saying.
The English Squad:
Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United)
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
The Dutch Squad:
Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Newcastle United FC), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea City AFC)
Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburger SV), John Heitinga (Everton FC), Joris Mathijsen (Málaga CF), Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord)
Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City FC), Stijn Schaars (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Wesley Sneijder (FC Internazionale Milano), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)
Forwards: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04), Ola John (FC Twente), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool FC), Luciano Narsingh (sc Heerenveen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal FC), Arjen Robben (FC Bayern Munich)