The Dutch national team starts on Wednesday evening with Joël Veltman, Owen Wijndal and Steven Berghuis on the friendly international match against Spain. The team of national coach Frank de Boer again plays in the familiar 4-3-3 line-up.
Klaassen will get playing time anyway
De Boer announced at his press conference on Tuesday that he would give many regular basic players a rest in view of the more important Nations League games against Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sunday) and Poland (Wednesday, November 18).
Veltman therefore starts centrally in the back, while Stefan de Vrij is on the bench. The Brighton & Hove Albion player forms the central duo with Nathan Aké. At left back, Wijndal will play his second international match, after making his debut in the exhibition game against Mexico last month (0-1 loss). Daley Blind and Patrick van Aanholt start on the couch. The defense is completed by Hans Hateboer.
De Boer had already announced that Denzel Dumfries would get some rest. The right back made his return to PSV last Sunday after a corona infection and was later added to the selection.
It was also known that Marco Bizot will defend the goal against Spain. The AZ goalkeeper makes his debut for the Orange. Tim Krul will be under the bar in the Nations League duels with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.
The Orange team is mainly struggling on goal and in the defense with the necessary personnel problems. Jasper Cillessen and Justin Bijlow both reported injured, while Jeroen Zoet is also suffering from an injury. Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt are temporarily out of circulation.
On the right flank, Berghuis gets a basic place again. The Feyenoord attacker was last kicked off against Mexico. In the previous international match against Italy (1-1), in which the Netherlands played in a 5-3-2 line-up, he was on the bench for the entire match and against Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-0) he came in in the second half .
Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay are the other two attackers against Spain. They were still the two-man vanguard against Italy.
Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek and Georginio Wijnaldum start in midfield, who wears the captain’s armband. De Boer has already announced that Davy Klaassen, who has returned to the selection after three years, will get playing time anyway. So he’s going to fill in.
Spanish national coach Luis Enrique opts for a B-line-up, without important forces such as Sergio Ramos and goalkeeper David de Gea. Atlético Madrid midfielder Koke is the team’s captain.
The Netherlands-Spain starts on Wednesday at 8.45 pm in the empty Johan Cruijff ArenA and is led by Italian referee Davide Massa.