England vs. Holland and the Pre-Match Social Media Build-up
Granted, it might not be the biggest game of the year, but we thought we’d take our prying eyes over to the various social media platforms to see how England are gearing up for the forthcoming friendly against the Netherlands.
The match, which kicks off at 8pm on 29th March at Wembley Stadium, is one of five friendlies that have been arranged before the start to England’s Euro 2016 campaign in France.
An extra level of significance and poignancy has been added to the match following the news of the death of arguably the greatest Dutch player of all time, Johan Cruyff. Understandably, tributes to Cruyff feature heavily on the respective social media streams.
Roy Hodgson has been quick to pay tribute to one of the great players of his, or any other generation, calling Johan Cruyff a “true great and a “legend”.
— The FA (@FA) 24 March 2016
A tie-in with the Breast Cancer Care charity also features prominently on the England Twitter page. The tweet asks England fans to wear pink to the game against the Dutch to show their support for the cause. As a side note, the best dressed receives free tickets to the friendly against Portugal on the eve of the tournament. So, it might be worth digging out a few those lovely salmon shirts you’ve got hidden away.
— England (@england) 24 March 2016
On the England team’s official Facebook page, there also some rousing words from Jack Butland, the young pretender in goal who is likely to start in Joe Hart’s absence. Apparently, he’s ready to play, which probably means he remembered to pack his gloves. That can only be a good thing.
There’s also a clever bit of marketing on England’s Facebook page, which gives those who are not attending the game the chance to buy the match day programme. The FA is clearly looking to cash in on all those football programme collectors out there.
No starting line-up as yet
Perhaps the biggest talking point in the upcoming game will be the starting lineup, as this may give us some insight into Roy Hodgson’s thinking for the 23-man squad for the Euros. However, England’s official social channels are staying very tight lipped, unlike the social pages of betting companies and broadcasters alike, where speculation is rife. So, you’ll have to watch the game on Tuesday to see how we line up.
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