After the stunning triumph at Wembley against Croatia sealed England’s place in the last four, our exciting, young England football team take on the Netherlands for a place in the Nations’ League Final and the opportunity to win the first piece of major silverware since the World Cup triumph of 1966. Our sporting dinner features the big match at the 5* St. Pancras Renaissance hotel in London!
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk captains a typically strong Dutch side with numerous other Premier League stars in the ranks. We will be screening the match live on our giant screens, your guests will be able to enjoy a three course pre-match meal and post-match snacks and hear from two former international stars who will be providing match analysis and discussing their own careers at the top. Can Harry Kane lead the likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Dele Alli and Jordan Henderson to glory?
England vs The Netherlands: The Netherlands enjoyed an excellent group campaign in the League of Nations, sealing a place in the last four with a 2-2 draw against Germany following a memorable 2-0 victory over World Cup winners France. The last time England faced the Dutch in a major tournament fixture was the famous European Championships group game of 1996, when an inspired England thrashed the men in orange 4-1 with two goals each from Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham. The overall record in internationals shows 6 victories apiece and 10 draws in the 22 fixtures between these two footballing nations. Liverpool superstar and Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk is a rock at the back, whilst Kevin Strootman and Liverpool’s Georginho Wijnaldum will provide a stern test in midfield, with former Man Utd forward Memphis Depay spearheading the attack. It should be a cracking match!
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Both a great goal-scorer and a scorer of great goals, Jimmy’s explosive finishing took him to the pinnacle of the Premier League goalscoring charts. Signed by Leeds Utd from Boavista in 1997, he was an instant smash at Elland Road, winning the Premier League Golden Boot in his first season, with a return of 42 goals in 87 appearances in his two seasons. A spell with Athletico Madrid followed, where he picked up a Copa Del Rey winner’s medal, before he returned to the Premier League with Chelsea for £15 million in 2000. A glittering spell at Stamford Bridge saw him win the Golden Boot again in his first season, finishing second to Thierry Henry by just one goal the following campaign. His 4 seasons at the club saw him net a total of 88 goals in just 177 matches. Jimmy played a total of 23 times for the Netherlands, scoring 9 goals, and he featured at France ‘98, the men in orange finishing the competition in fourth place.
Robbie Fowler: The sixth highest Premier League goal-scorer, Robbie Fowler was worshipped by the Liverpool faithful where his nick-name was ‘God’! He burst onto the scene as a teenager, terrorising defences for 9 seasons during his first spell at Anfield, scoring 171 goals in 331 appearances. He scored over 30 goals in three consecutive seasons between 1994-97, with his highest season return of 36 in all competitions, winning PFA Young Player of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. In terms of trophies his most successful campaign was in 2000-01 when he helped the Reds to an unprecedented treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup, with a Super Cup to boot. He departed for Leeds in 2001, and then Man City, before returning for a season at Anfield in 2006-07. Robbie enjoyed great success Down Under for two seasons with North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory, before finally hanging up his boots in 2012 at Thai side Muangthang Utd. Capped by England 26 times, with 7 goals, he was very unlucky not win many more, with Alan Shearer and Michael Owen as his main rivals in the national side.
Pete Graves: A keen football fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for sport and all-round knowledge are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our London sporting lunches and dinners, and we are delighted to have him as always!
St Pancras Renaissance: The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel: Housed in one of the London’s most iconic buildings, the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London provides a five-star experience and service. This historic hotel, originally designed by famed architect George Gilbert Scott, first opened its doors as the Midland Grand in 1873, forming the frontispiece of St Pancras railway station. Built at the height of the railway boom, the hotel set the standards for luxury, offering some of the finest accommodation and facilities in the city to the discerning traveller. From the striking Grand Staircase to the awe-inspiring lobby, you are surrounded with distinctive splendour. Our sporting dinner takes place in the Hansom Hall, which is the hotel’s premium banqueting facility with fantastic décor, and space for up to 280 seated lunch guests.