Frank de Boer has about 90 percent of the selection of the Dutch national team for the European Championship next summer in his head. The national coach said this on Tuesday after the big victory of Orange over Gibraltar (0-7) in the World Cup qualification, the last international match in the run-up to the European Championship, which starts in 2.5 months.
“I already worked more or less with a permanent core,” said De Boer. “Ryan Gravenberch was there for the second time now and has just done really well. Jeremiah St. Juste has not gotten any playing time in the last three matches, but he has certainly asserted himself in training. I told him he can just be there at the European Championship. “
De Boer does not rule out that he will still call up players who weren’t there now in just under two months. Stefan de Vrij (corona) and Nathan Aké (injured) normally go to the European Championship.
“And Wout Weghorst is still a candidate for me,” said the national coach. “I told him that recently. We also continue to follow Cody Gakpo emphatically. He was injured, but now he is on his way back. I just saw him play with the Dutch Juniors against Hungary. He is an interesting player “, he said of the PSV attacker.
Frank de Boer saw the Dutch win 0-7 against Gibraltar.
‘A lot can still happen’
De Boer did not take the names of Teun Koopmeiners and Jurriën Timber into his mouth. The AZ midfielder was disappointed that he had not been called up for the World Cup qualifying matches with Turkey, Latvia and Gibraltar. Timber is developing spectacularly at Ajax but had to cancel sick for the Dutch Junior Team.
“I did not really take the Juniors into account when compiling this selection,” said De Boer. “Maybe I would have called up a player of the Dutch Juniors if that team hadn’t had to play at the European Championship in Hungary.”
De Boer said earlier that he does not really count on Virgil van Dijk, who is recovering from a serious knee injury. “I will wait and see. We have to see how he is doing in May. It is also important how Virgil is doing. In addition, a lot can still happen in the coming weeks. An accident is in a small corner.”
The European Championship starts for the Orange on June 13 with a game against Ukraine. Austria (June 17) and North Macedonia (June 21) are the other opponents in the group stage.
View the results, the standings and the program in the World Cup qualification