Netherlands face travel chaos before semi-final against England

Netherlands face travel chaos before semi-final against England

The Netherlands’ plans to face England have been hit by issues on Germany’s infamous train network – with Ronald Koeman and his squad left stranded on a station platform in stifling temperatures.

Ahead of their Euro 2024 semi-final tomorrow in Dortmund, Dutch officials were forced to scramble for alternative arrangements when news filtered through that the Wolfsburg to Dortmund service they were waiting for had been cancelled thanks to a blockage on the line. 

Amid what have been described as ‘panicked scenes’ a bus was summoned and the group hastily left with a police escort.

Instead of arriving in Dortmund ahead of a 7.45pm press conference tonight at the stadium, an emergency flight was booked to depart at 8.20pm. 

That meant the Netherlands missed the opportunity for a warm-up and familiarisation session at Borussia Dortmund’s stunning Signal Iduna Park. 

The Netherlands’ preparations for Wednesday’s semi-final have been thrown into chaos

Ronald Koeman's side will face England in Dortmund for a place in the Euro 2024 final

Ronald Koeman’s side will face England in Dortmund for a place in the Euro 2024 final

Instead of a late afternoon arrival they were due in at around 9pm, having taken the 200-mile journey by air.

Temperatures in Germany hit an uncomfortable 33 Celsius today, although a drop is expected for tomorrow night’s 8pm kick-off.

UEFA have urged sides to avoid air travel whenever possible as they seek to make the tournament more eco-friendly. The delay also means that the group will miss a large part of this evening’s other semi-final between France and Spain.

The scheduled press conference was postponed, with a Zoom meeting set up instead.

Germany’s rail network has triggered frustration among fans and media, with delays and cancellation frustratingly commonplace.

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