The Dutch national team starts on Monday evening with Donny van de Beek in the Nations League game with Italy in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The former Ajax player takes the place of Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, who is posted as a right winger.
Possibly this time debutants at Orange
The changes of interim national coach Dwight Lodeweges are at the expense of Steven Bergwijn, who still had a base place against Poland on Friday evening. Wijnaldum now forms an offensive trio with Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes.
Van de Beek, who signed a contract with Manchester United last week, will play the twelfth international match of his career against Italy. He is joined in midfield by Marten de Roon and Frenkie de Jong.
Lodeweges made no further changes to his starting line-up compared to that match against Poland. That means that defenders Hans Hateboer, Joël Veltman and Nathan Aké are back in the base.
Due to injuries of Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Daley Blind, Lodeweges was forced to move into the defense. Veltman and Virgil van Dijk are in the center of the defense, while Hateboer and Aké take the right back and left back positions respectively.
Donny van de Beek is in the base with Oranje. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Perr Schuurs, Owen Wijndal and Mohamed Ihattaren, who are in the selection for the first time, have to settle again with a place on the bench. Denzel Dumfries, who was missing against Poland because of the birth of his son, is also among the reserves.
Giorgio Chiellini returns to the base in Italy. The veteran Juventus defender unintentionally sat on the bench against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday in favor of Francesco Acerbi, because national coach Roberto Mancini was not wearing his glasses when he approved the line-up form. Ciro Immobile and Jorginho also have a basic place.
The Netherlands started the Nations League last Friday with the debut of Lodeweges with a 1-0 home win over Poland. Bergwijn crowned himself with his first international goal as the match winner in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
Italy did not get further than a 1-1 draw in Florence against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first game, so the Orange only leads the group 1 of division A in the Nations League. Last year, the team of then national coach Ronald Koeman reached the final in the first edition of the tournament, losing 0-1 to Portugal.
The match between the Netherlands and Italy starts on Monday at 8.45 p.m. in the empty Johan Cruijff ArenA and is led by German referee Felix Brych. At the same time, the kick-off is with Bosnia and Herzegovina-Poland.