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Netherlands Euro 2024 squad: No Jurrien Timber for Dutch


The Netherlands followed host nation Germany
in announcing their provisional squad for Euro 2024 on May 16, 2024.

Oranje head coach Ronald Koeman named a roster of 30 players, which he will then reduce to a maximum of 26 for the tournament. The action gets underway from June 14

The Netherlands reached the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where they lost an acrimonious match on penalties to eventual champions Argentina. They made the Round of 16 at the last European Championship three years ago, but they suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat to Czechia in Budapest, meaning their wait for a major trophy now stands at 36 years.

If they are to become champions of Europe for just the second time, Koeman’s team will have to navigate an extremely difficult-looking group containing back-to-back World Cup finalists France
. Their warm-up camp and friendly matches will therefore take on a high level of importance as players vie to be part of the final squad.

The Sporting News looks at the provisional roster and their schedule for the coming weeks.

MORE: The full schedule and bracket for Euro 2024, updated live

The big call for Koeman was the decision to leave out Jurrien Timber, the Arsenal defender who has missed almost all of the 2023/24 club season due to serious injury. While he is back in full training, it was evidently felt that it would be unwise to rush the 22-year-old back for these finals.

However, his twin brother, Quinten Timber, is part of the provisional roster, having performed well for Feyenoord this season.

Experience in the squad comes from the likes of Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk, Girona’s Daley Blind, and Al Ettifaq midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. Manchester City’s Nathan Ake will be another senior figure in the dressing room alongside the more youthful exuberance of the likes of Jeremie Frimpong, a star for Bayer Leverkusen in 2023/24.

There is no place in the 30 for Joshua Zirkzee, the forward who helped to propel Bologna into next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Ages and caps correct as of squad announcement on May 16

Teams are permitted to name squads of up to 26 players — an increase of three from the previous tournament rules
— with the minimum roster size set at 23.

UEFA regulations do not stipulate how many of those players must be goalkeepers.

The Netherlands were drawn in a tough-looking Group D
at Euro 2024, alongside France, Poland, and Austria.

France are the highest-ranked team in Europe, second in FIFA’s world rankings only to Argentina. Netherlands are seventh, Austria 25th, and Poland 28th.

MORE: How all the Euro 2024 groups look

The Netherlands will face warm-up games against Canada and Iceland in early June, both of which take place at Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium.

Their first Euro 2024 match is against Poland on June 16.

Once the final roster has been made official, changes can only be made due to injury or illness up until the team’s opening match of the tournament.

UEFA’s tournament regulations state: “Should listed players or goalkeepers become seriously injured or ill, they may only be substituted if both their team doctor and a doctor from the UEFA Medical Committee confirm that the injury or illness is sufficiently serious to prevent them from taking part in the final tournament.”

While any outfield players must be replaced prior to their team’s opening match, goalkeepers can be changed prior to their next scheduled game once the tournament is underway.

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