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:
Marten de Roon (Central-midfield)
The Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon has been a regular in the first time since he was named in Koeman’s first Dutch squad. Defensively, de Roon’s positioning and abilities aid in halting counter-attacks when they arise. The Dutch midfielder has been integral for Atalanta and will definitely have caught the eye of his international coach as the summer approaches.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Central-midfield)
The Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was the top-scorer for the Oranje in qualifying, having scored eight goals in the qualification campaign. Last year, Wijnaldum struck a hat-trick as they end their qualifying campaign with a 5-0 victory over Estonia. He also played a key-role in the success of his club in the English top-flight, winning the title for the recent season.
Frankie de Jong (Central-midfield)
The 23-year-old Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong made his senior international debut for the Netherlands in September 2018. Since then, he became the top choice in the position with his superb passing ability and creative dribbling skills. Despite the poor form of the club, de Jong had a sensational season and his skills are needed for next year’s major tournament.
Quincy Promes (Right-wing)
The top-scorer for Ajax in the Eredivisie this season, Quincy Promes has so much to offer in the first time for next year’s big event. The Dutch international has been linked with the Premier League club Arsenal in the past week but is unlikely to sign. Promes was called in the senior team in 2014 and made his first goal in a 4–1 win over Belarus during the Euro 2016 qualification.
Ryan Babel (Left-wing)
The 34-year-old Ajax loanee Ryan Babel is one of the regulars in Koeman’s first team and one of the veterans in the team. He debuted in the senior team in 2006 following his two goals in four games as the Netherlands reached the quarter-finals of 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. Babel scored twice as Koeman’s men ran out 4-0 winners when the teams met in Tallinn in September last year.
Luuk de Jong (Striker)
The Sevilla striker is the best and probably the only option to replace Memphis Depay in the position following a long-term absence due to injury. De Jong scores two headers in 3-2 final victory over Inter in the recent Europa League where his club claimed the title. He also struck a late double for Netherlands to beat Northern Ireland 3-1 and bolster their Euro 2020 qualification last year.