Netherlands and Denmark
The Netherlands had initially announced a 34 man squad on May 14 before finally cutting it short to 26, releasing the final list on 26th May. The Dutch Lions failed to qualify for the previous two big International tournaments: Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands have finally made a return to a top International tournament after six years. Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona made it to the final squad list.
Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie de Jong has been a tireless machine for Barcelona this season. He has taken any role that Ronald Koeman has asked him to play, be it as a libero in the defence or as a holding midfielder or playing in the progressive midfield. He’s had a highly productive season with Barcelona and will hope to end his season on a high with the Netherlands.
De Jong is one of the most hardworking pearls in the Dutch team. An engine in the truest sense, he brings power, elegance and vision to the midfield. The Netherlands employ a double pivot 4-2-3-1 with Gini Wijnaldum partnering him. Wijnaldum has a reputation of making runs in the box and plays slightly forward whereas de Jong will retreat himself. He’s one of the leaders in the Dutch side and his contributions will be crucial in the Netherlands engine room.
Denmark confirmed their 26 man squad for Euros on May 26. Martin Braithwaite of Barcelona will feature for the Danish side.
Even though Martin Braithwaite has made it to the Denmark squad as a striker, the chances of him starting any games as a number 9 appear very bleak. Kasper Hjulmand has preferred Kasper Dolberg in the striker’s position whereas the 29-year-old starting on the left flank. Denmark have a potent squad and could spring up a few surprises.
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