“Matthijs still has too much trouble with his groin. We look at it from day to day,” said De Boer, who told the US did not want to say whether he would have started with De Ligt if the European Championship had started on Sunday. “We don’t have to take any risks. So we don’t have to talk about that.”
De Ligt was replaced by Daley Blind against Georgia. The Ajax player formed a central trio with Jurriën Timber and Stefan de Vrij. Norwich goalie Tim Krul, who was allowed to play under the bar against Scotland last week, was replaced in Enschede by Ajax player Maarten Stekelenburg. De Boer said he has not yet cut the goalkeeper’s knot.
Fans are welcome again in Enschede.
The team is not yet fixed in any case, emphasized De Boer. “Of course we are still looking at the implementation today. It will depend on that. I do have a certain other idea, although it will generally come down to this”, De Boer was again somewhat mysterious.
For the Orange, the European Championship starts in exactly one week. A meeting with Ukraine awaits in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The tournament starts on Friday with a match between Turkey and England.
The Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, Timber, De Vrij, Blind and Wijndal; De Roon, Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong; Weghorst and Depay.