Today’s referee is a police inspector from the Netherlands, Danny Makkelie. He will be a familiar face to England’s players, having worked their victory against Germany in the round of 16, and to others on both teams who have run across him in the top league in the Netherlands and various European competitions.
Wednesday’s semifinal will be Makkelie’s fourth match in the tournament, but he has been busy in those, awarding 12 yellow cards — but no reds yet — in his first three games.
Three England starters — Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Harry Maguire — got a close-up view of his yellow card in the Germany game.
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