Netherlands play the final match of their Group C campaign on Monday evening, taking on North Macedonia at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
It will be North Macedonia’s final game of their first ever major tournament, after a 2-1 loss to Ukraine last time out made it impossible for them to qualify for the round of 16 – but, hey, we’ve all grown to love them.
For Netherlands, however, a convincing 2-0 win over Austria on matchday two pushed them onto six points and confirmed their title as Group C winners heading into the knockout stages. This could persuade Frank de Boer to rotate his starting XI, although it’s still expected to be a strong lineup as they head into Monday’s tie looking to maintain a 100% record at Euro 2020.
So, in an effort to make it three wins from three, here’s the Netherlands lineup that could start against North Macedonia.
Maarten Stekelenburg (GK) – The 38-year old has done a good job between the sticks in Jasper Cillesen’s absence and should continue as De Boer’s first choice.
Stefan De Vrij (CB) – Looked much more comfortable out on the right rather than in the centre of a back three against Austria and should continue there.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – A commanding performance last time out highlighted his importance to this side – especially in Virgil van Dijk’s absence – and at just 21, he’s a crucial starter.
Nathan Ake (CB) – Daley Blind has played well up to this point but, with top spot wrapped up, De Boer may give his legs a rest and play Ake, who’s featured as a substitute for the past two matches.
Denzel Dumfries (RWB) – One of the players of the tournament so far, Dumfries has been sensational. He’s a huge threat on that Netherlands right, and has notched two goals already.
Ryan Gravenberch (CM) – With potential rotation, we could get a better glimpse of 19-year old starlet Gravenberch – an exciting youngster who could really announce himself with a top performance.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – At the core of most good things this Netherlands side does, Wijnaldum is a guaranteed starter.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – Injects a slick intensity to the midfield and finds dictating a match as easy as anything. A joy to watch, and could make things very difficult for Monday’s opponents.
Patrick van Aanholt (LWB) – Has faired well on the left thus far and appears to be full of running.
Memphis Depay (ST) – Hasn’t been the best Euro 2020 in terms of goals, having struck just once (from the penalty spot) but is a huge asset in the side and will surely represent a large part in any success they get.
Donyell Malen (ST) – Wout Weghorst could be afforded a rest, meaning a potential opportunity for Malen. Came on off the bench last time out and was very bright, assisting Dumfries late on for 2-0.