By News Team
Last Updated: 15th June 2021
Have Netherlands got what it takes to match or even surpass their heroics and gallant effort from the 2010 World Cup and take their place as a premier footballing nation once again at this summer’s Euros after some time out in the wilderness?
The challenge for Frank de Boer is trying to match the Netherland’s route to the final in the 2010 World Cup when they were playing under Louis van Gaal. But after missing out on the 2018 World Cup, their recent efforts have left some wondering if their time has come again.
De Boer has arguably one of the better squads in this year’s tournament with many of his players competing at the pinnacle of domestic football throughout all of the top leagues in Europe.
Ahead of the Euros, we have taken a look at all you need to know about the Oranje – from the Netherlands squad announcement, to their upcoming fixtures and the latest and best odds for the nation.
Who’s in the confirmed line up for the Netherlands 2021 squad?
With a late injury to Dutch star Donny van de Beek grabbing many of the headlines recently it has distracted from the fact that Virgil van Dijk is also out of the Euros. It further puts the pressure on the Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, the nation’s biggest footballing starlets. And with Georginio Wijnaldum sealing his move to PSG recently, the Dutch squad has some real quality even if not at full strength.
|3||DF||Matthijs de Ligt|
|6||DF||Stefan de Vrij|
|9||FW||Luuk de Jong|
|12||DF||Patrick van Aanholt|
|15||MF||Marten de Roon|
|21||MF||Frenkie de Jong|
Who do Netherlands play next at the Euros?
As for Netherlands’ Euro fixtures, the Oranje have been drawn alongside Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine in Group C. They opened their campaign against Ukraine In Amsterdam on 13th June in a five-goal thriller in which they prevailed as 3-2 winners. Next up they face Austria on 17th June, before finishing their group stage against North Macedonia on 21st June, with those games also taking place in Amsterdam.
What are the odds Netherlands win the Euros?
As previously mentioned, the Oranje have some world class talent in their squad this year, as well as up and coming exciting youngsters. They start as 12/1 fancies for the tournament. If they are going to repeat their heroics of 2010 they will need their talisman Memphis Depay to be on song and he is currently 2/1 to be Netherlands’ top scorer for the tournament.
What’s the latest news on the Netherlands football team?
As mentioned, an injury sustained to Donny van de Beek in the lead-up to the Euros was news Dutch football fans did not want to hear as he joins Virgil van Dijk on the casualty list. But besides this news, the signs look promising for the Dutch following their victory over Ukraine in their opening fixture.