Euro 2020: Netherlands manager Frank De Boer has axed 10 members from their preliminary squad of 36 members to announce a squad of 26 men for the Euro 2020 which will begin on June 11. Surprisingly Steven Bergwijn, who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, was not picked in the final 26.
Netherlands in Group C : Netherlands are placed with Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia in Group C of Euro 2020. The Netherlands are certainly the favourites to top the group even when their star Virgil van Dijk missing in the squad. This squad although is one of the weakest by Dutch standards, they are still above their rest of the competitors in group C.
In the Nations League, A group game Netherlands claimed 11 points, losing just one game against Italy. The Dutch will have a home advantage in all group matches which will surely boost their player’s confidence.
Netherlands squad forUEFA Euro 2020, Players to watch out for:
Stefan de Vrij: Stefan de Vrij plays as a centre back for Serie A club Inter Milan. He has earned over 40 caps for the Netherlands. He was in the Dutch team which finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was one of four Feyenoord defenders named in Louis van Gaal’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He will play a key role in Netherlands success in Euro 2020.
Ligue 1 club Lyon’s striker Memphis will play a key role in Netherlands’ success in Euro 2020. In 2021 he has played 37 matches in which he scored 20 goals for Lyon. He has played 10 games for the Netherlands in which he managed three goals.
Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona’s midfielder Frenkie de Jong is the man for big events and all eyes will be on him in the Euro 2020. He has scored three goals in 37 matches for Barca in 2021. His passing ability is excellent. One of his memorable matches would be the 2021 Copa del Rey final, a 4–0 win over Athletic Bilbao, where he scored one goal and assisted two. He made his international debut in 2018 in a friendly 2–1 win against Peru, where he assisted one and scored one goal. He had a 100 per cent pass completion rate in the opposition half.
Netherlands Euro 2020 Schedule:
June 14: vs Ukraine, 12:30 am at Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
June 18: vs Austria, 12:30 am at St. Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
June 22: vs North Macedonia, 09:30 pm at St. Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Netherlands squad, Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Tim Krul (Norwich City), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam)
Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Denzel Dumfries (PSV Eindhoven), Jurriem Timber (Ajax Amsterdam), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Joel Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion), Owen Wijndal (AZ Alkmaar)
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen (both Ajax Amsterdam), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ Alkmaar), Donny van de Beek (Manchester United), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais), Cody Gakpo, Donyell Malen (both PSV Eindhoven), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)
Netherlands, Euro 2020 – Predictions
Netherlands will top Group C.