Steven Bergwijn follows in Eric Dier’s footsteps by becoming the latest Tottenham star to miss out on a spot at Euro 2020 as he is left out of Frank de Boer’s final 26-man Holland squad… while Nathan Ake, Memphis Depay and Donny van de Beek are in
Steven Bergwijn has become the latest Tottenham star to miss out on a place at Euro 2020 after he was omitted from Frank de Boer’s final 26-man Holland squad.
The Dutchman joins his midfield team-mates Eric Dier and Dele Alli in missing the tournament, after they were both left out by Gareth Southgate on Tuesday.
It was also bad news for Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi, who made the initial picks but is not being taken to the tournament with the Oranje.
There is space for a number of English-based players, though, with Manchester City’s Nathan Ake, Tim Krul of Norwich, Brighton’s Joel Veltman, Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt, Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek all among the squad.
Fulham’s Kenny Tete has missed out after also being included in the initial party, while there was also no room for former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel.
De Boer has opted for a number of young players in his squad, with 22-year-old Cody Gakpo, 19-year-old Jurrien Timber and 21-year-old Owen Wijndal all in.
The Dutch national team has fallen down the pecking order in terms of the world’s best teams in recent years, currently sitting 16th in the FIFA rankings.
As recently as 2011 they were second in the world, having reached the final of the 2010 World Cup and finished third in 2014.
They did not even qualify for Euro 2016 and will be looking to make up for lost time this summer, with former Crystal Palace flop De Boer in charge.
Holland have fallen a long way since they reached the final of the 2010 World Cup vs Spain