Danny Makkelie is seen as one of Uefa's best young referees
Emotions are guaranteed to be high for England’s semi-final tie against Denmark at Wembley. Telegraph Sport takes a look at Danny Makkelie, the Dutch referee – and part-time police inspector – who will be the man in the middle on Tuesday.
He’s a man some of the England players will know well, although they have had mixed results in the previous games Makkelie has officiated.
Who is Danny Makkelie?
The Dutchman in charge of England’s clash against Denmark at Wembley was a child refereeing prodigy who combines football duties with being a part-time police inspector.
Makkelie was born to a Dutch Royal Marine in Curaçao on the Caribbean Sea, then returned to the Netherlands when he was young. According to his Uefa profile he was taking charge of football and basketball sessions aged 10, then refereed adult matches when he was a teenager.
“It made me believe that I could perhaps make a career of refereeing,” said Makkelie, who was invited by the Dutch FA to be part of their refereeing set-up.
When he reached the refereeing elite he kept his job as a police inspector in Rotterdam, going part-time so he could take charge of Champions League games while still keeping his second job.
Does he have history with England?
Against Germany, Makkelie booked five players, three of them being England players.
Makkelie took charge when England Under-21s, coached by Gareth Southgate, lost their opening match of the Euros in 2015.
It was not a good tournament for Southgate, whose team failed to earn a point from their three group-stage games – their only goal was a late Nathan Redmond penalty consolation in their final defeat.
There are other better omens as Makkelie was the referee when Harry Kane scored the winner for Tottenham in a Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund in 2019.
Euros – Road to the final
What other big games has he done?
Kyle Walker will not have fond memories of Makkelie being in charge when Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League in a shock defeat to Lyon two seasons ago. Phil Foden and John Stones were unused subs in that match.
In fact, English teams have a mixed record with Makkelie in the middle. He oversaw a Manchester United defeat to Sevilla when Marcus Rashford was playing, as well as a Liverpool defeat to Atletico Madrid.
At 38 he is seen as one of Uefa’s best young referees and was given the Euro 2020 opener between Italy and Turkey when his performance set the tone for a tournament where the refereeing has been praised.
He took charge of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final last season when they secured a crucial away goal against Real Madrid. Ahead of that game he faced scrutiny from the Spanish media, who feared he would be biased against Real because of their involvement in the failed European Super League breakaway.