The Royal Netherlands Football Federation announced on Wednesday the list of 26 players called up for the Eurocup, which includes the Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, the Sevilla forward Luuk de Jong and the Valencia goalkeeper Jasper cillessen
The selector Frank de Boer He also included Ajax defender Daley Blind on the list, who had been a last minute doubt due to an injury that has kept him without playing since last March.
The great absence in the Dutch team is the Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk, seriously injured in October last year and who already said two weeks ago that he was resigning from the European Championship.
Of the initial list of 34 players that De Boer announced two weeks ago, the eight discarded in the final call-up are the following: goalkeeper Marco Bizot (AZ Alkmaar), defenders Rick Karsdorp (Roma), Jerry St. Juste (Mainz 05 ) and Kenny Tete (Fulham); midfielders Hans Hateboer (Atalanta) and Tonny Vilhena (Krasnodar); and forwards Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur) and Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa).
Hateboer’s absence is due to the player himself telling De Boer that he is injured, reported “De Telegraaf,” the most widely read paid newspaper in the Netherlands.
The Eurocup will mean for the “Clockwork Orange” the return to a great competition after the absences from the Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
The Dutch team regained its pulse with the hiring of Ronald Koeman as coach, in February 2018, and was runner-up in the 2018/19 Nations League. Frank de Boer picked up the baton in September 2020, when Koeman left office to sign for Barcelona.
The Netherlands will face in group C against Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia and will play the group stage at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, in an atypical Eurocup that is held in 12 cities throughout the continent to be held between June 11 and July 11.
The “Clockwork Orange” will kick off against Ukraine on June 13 but beforehand, to prepare for the tournament, the Dutch will meet in friendlies against Scotland (June 2) and Georgia (June 6).
By June 1, the teams must present their final lists with the 26 players per country who will play the tournament, and that could still vary depending on injuries or abnormal circumstances linked to the pandemic.
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Tim Krul (Norwich City) and Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax).
Defenses: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Denzel Dumfries (PSV Eindhoven), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Jurriën Timber (Ajax), Joël Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan) and Owen Wijndal (AZ Alkmaar).
Midfielders: Donny van de Beek (Manchester United), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ), Marten de Roon (Atalanta) and Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).
Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon), Cody Gakpo (PSV Eindhoven), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Donyell Malen (PSV), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow) and Wout Weghorst (VfL Wolfsburg).