The first players were mentioned in Zeist on Monday. It’s pressure for a number of Orange footballers. Who will adhere to it and who will leak? Of course, for some, a deal is finished. Don’t worry about Frenkie de Young, Giorgino Wijnaldum and Mathis de Ligt. His name is definitely on the list of national coach Frank de Boer.
But for many players, it is not certain that they will be there. The selection will return from 34 to 26 footballers, which means that for eight players this afternoon, their dream of the European Championship will be shattered.
Defends the pulley
It is expected that there will be a lot of damage, especially among the defenders. There, the national coach went to great lengths in his initial selection. For Jeremiah St. Juste, Patrick van Aanholt, Rick Karsdorp, Kenny Tete, Joël Veltman and Hans Hateboer, for example, a few hours will be very exciting.
The guards also have to get rid of another one anyway. It is expected that Ajax goalkeeper Martin Stecklenburg or Ajax goalkeeper Marco Bizot will be present. Jasper Celeson and Tim Kroll are almost sure where they are.
The latter, the Norwich City goalkeeper, is not worried at all, telling RTL News, “I have no doubt. Luckily, I’ve been in goal for the last five matches. It’s always exciting when the choice is known. It’s being made, but I’m very comfortable here.” In addition to that, I am also lucky that I have already managed to participate in two tournaments. Experience in the final tournaments is important. “
Kroll explains in front of our camera the vaccination of European Championship participants.
It’s definitely different for PSV Cody Gakbo. He made his debut in the pre-selection and is far from certain of his place in the European Championship selection. But he received a tip from many. “Now it’s mainly about doing my best while training. Profile myself. Then I might be able to make a little difference. I have no influence on that. Try not to think too much about it. It’s really not like I woke up with her and went to bed with her,” But it is exciting, yeah. “
For Gakpo – or Gapko as the national coach mistakenly called him multiple times – the cancellation would be more complicated. He, like a few other young international players like Jurriën Timber and Teun Koopmeiners, could also have competed in the European Junior Championships. That prospect has now expired, with the nice side effect that they now have a great chance of surviving a Big Orange.
However, the 22-year-old PSV player refuses to get ahead of things: “I don’t think too much about it.” And I add jokingly, “And if I miss I’ll have a nice vacation this summer.”
According to betting, Orange is not one of the favorites in this European tournament. It seems that the Dutch national team should focus mainly on an underdog and outsider role.
“When you see the picks from England, Portugal, Belgium and France, you understand that,” says Kroll. “But we showed at the World Cup in 2014 that that shouldn’t be a problem. We were not the favorites at the time and we finished third. The group process and faith increased with every match. There are amazing talents in this group and I’m sure.”
The 2014 World Cup is already the last major tournament the Netherlands has participated in. Seven years ago, Tim Kroll was there, too. And almost every football fan still remembers it. Jasper Silesen was the first goalkeeper, and also a goalkeeper in the quarter-final against Costa Rica, but when it ended in penalties, national team coach Louis van Gaal called a bunny by the hat.
“No. 1 outside, No. 23 in,” commentator Frank Snooks chanted in the 121st minute of the match. Selsen felt sorry, he kicked a bag of water, but the bill turned out to be worth the gold. Krul becomes the champion of Orange by reversing penalty kicks from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umaña. Orange qualified to the semi-finals.
Kroll is still reminded almost daily: “You start talking about it again,” smiles the goalkeeper. “I don’t complain about it of course. As a little kid, it was a dream to be important to your country. I hope we can add more stories to this European championship. But if I could choose, I’d rather be the first goalkeeper.” To add with a wink: “This also provides a change of coach.”