Following the devastating exit in Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018, the Oranje aims to return in the international limelight with its new and improve team. With speculation of new coach as Ronald Koeman inked a three-year contract to manage Barcelona, a lot of things may change until next year’s tournament. Here is the potential XI of the Netherlands for the Euro 2020:
Jasper Cillessen (Goalkeeper)
Despite being named in Marca‘s flop eleven in La Liga this season, Cillessen plays a key role for the Oranje. There are also speculations that Valencia is ready to sell Cillessen for the next season. Cillessen has played 30 times for Valencia this season in La Liga and the Champions League, but has only kept six clean sheets, a number that is needed to improve ahead of the tournament next year.
Denzel Dumfries (Right-back)
The PSV defender Denzel Dumfries made his debut for the Oranje against Germany in the qualifiers and has scored seven goals this season in the Eredivisie. In 83 appearances for the club, he has also bagged 12 goals and 11 assists. Named in the 2018/2019 Eredivisie Team of the Year, Dumfries was also given the captain’s armband for the club in November and has been in that role ever since.
Virgil van Dijk (Centre-back)
Regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, Netherland’s captain Virgil van Dijk played a key role to the success of Liverpool in the recent season of Premier League. The Liverpool defender helped the Oranje win six of their eight games to qualify second in Group C, two points behind Germany at the top. If stays fit until next year, he will have a guaranteed spot in the first team.
Matthijs de Ligt (Centre-back)
Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt made his debut for the Netherlands at the age of 17, making him the youngest player to start for the national team. At 21, he is already regarded a key man for the Oranje with over 20 caps to his name. On his move to Juventus, he was bought for a whopping 70 million euros, he third-most expensive player in the club’s history behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain.
Daley Blind (Left-back)
The Ajax left-back Daley Blind is one of the most experienced players in the team, with more than 60 caps on his name since his debut for the team in 2013, and was a member of the Dutch squad that finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, the former Manchester United defender was diagnosed with a heart condition, so he needed to stay fit until next year to be part of the team.