March 26, 2023

The Dutch selection fell on Friday, and the France team, which will receive the Oranje on Friday March 24, has reason to be wary.

A big starter piece. The France team begins the Euro 2024 qualifiers with a clash against the Netherlands next Friday at the Stade de France. For the Blues, it is a formidable opponent, and nothing less than the sixth nation in the FIFA rankings, the fourth European nation in the hierarchy.

The selection of Ronald Koeman is a well-established formation, which remains on a series of 20 matches without defeat. In Qatar, during the World Cup, it was only on penalties that the Oranje gave in against Argentina, which gives them something in common with the Blues.

The executives of the Oranje are there

For Didier Deschamps and his men, the Netherlands represent a good memory, that of the party at the Stade de France in the wake of the world title in 2018 (2-1 success in the League of Nations), and a much less good one, since the Habs had been outclassed in Rotterdam two months later, in proportions that the score does not reflect (2-0).

For this meeting, Ronald Koeman could renew the midfielder who had given a football lesson to the Blues, since Frenkie de Jong and Marten de Roon are there, while Georginio Wijnaldum is making a comeback. The AS Roma player is recovered from his tibia injury, he who had to forfeit the World Cup.

There are also three newcomers to this selection, with the first call-ups of goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen (Anderlecht), right-back Lutsharel Geertuida (Feyenoord) and defensive midfielder Mats Wieffer (Feyenoord). The other usual executives, the Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay & Co, are there.

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