Netherlands Euro 2024 squad: Ian Maatsen dropped, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daley Blind retained



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Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman has confirmed his 26-man squad for this summer’s European Championship in Germany.

Left-back Ian Maatsen is the headline omission having originally been named in Koeman’s 30-man preliminary squad earlier this month.

The 22-year-old Chelsea defender scored two goals and contributed two assists whilst on loan at Borussia Dortmund. He has played every minute of the German club’s route to the final of the Champions League since joining in January.

Versatile Feyenoord midfielder Quentin Timber — brother of Arsenal defender Jurrien — has also been cut alongside Tijjani Reijnders, Nick Olij and the injured Atalanta midfielder Marten De Roon.

Former Newcastle United and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been included despite an indifferent season for Al-Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League.

Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk is one of seven Premier League representatives.

Brentford’s Mark Flekken, Tottenham Hotspur’s Micky van de Ven, Manchester City’s Nathan Ake, Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen and Liverpool duo Cody Gakpo and Ryan Gravenberch complete the Dutch contingent of players plying their trade in English football.

Daley Blind, formerly of Manchester United, has been included after helping Girona qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Koeman, who won 78 caps for his country as a player, is leading the Dutch national team at a major tournament for the first time since he replaced Louis van Gaal as head coach in April 2022.

He will take charge of the Netherlands through to the 2026 World Cup in the Americas.

The Netherlands open up their Euro 2024 campaign against Poland, before facing Group D rivals France and Austria for a place in the last 16.

This summer will be the country’s eleventh appearance at a European Championship. They won the competition in 1988, beating the Soviet Union in the final.

Netherlands squad in full

Goalkeepers: Bart Verbruggen (Brighton), Mark Flekken (Brentford), Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord)

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan) Mickey van de Ven (Tottenham Hotspur) Daley Blind (Girona) Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich) Nathan Ake (Manchester City) Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan) Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord) Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen) Ian Maatsen (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta) Ryan Gravenberch (Liverpool) Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig) Quinten Timber (Feyenoord) Joey Veerman (PSV) Jerdy Schouten (PSV) Gini Wijnaldum (Al-Ettifaq)

Forwards: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax) Memphis Depay (Atletico Madrid) Brian Brobbey (Ajax) Wout Weghorst (Hoffenheim) Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund) Cody Gakpo (Liverpool)

 (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)



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