The Orange heralds the second period under national coach Ronald Koeman with an away match against France. The game in France is the first game of the qualifying cycle for the 2024 European Championship in Germany.
For Koeman it will be his return to the bench as national coach of the Orange, which last played at the World Cup in Qatar. Koeman, who turned 60 this week, said goodbye to the Orange in 2020 to become a trainer at FC Barcelona. There he was fired at the end of 2021.
It is the first time since November 2018 that the Orange will compete against the French. The last meeting, in Rotterdam, was won 2-0 by the Dutch national team. Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay were accurate in De Kuip.
Both may appear again at the kick-off on Friday evening at 8.45 p.m. That certainly does not apply to Denzel Dumfries, who is suspended. Daley Blind can play his hundredth international match at the Stade de France.
Koeman saw five players drop out due to illness on Thursday, including Cody Gakpo and Matthijs de Ligt.
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