AZ player Reijnders in 32-member preliminary selection Oranje for Nations League

AZ player Reijnders in 32-member preliminary selection Oranje for Nations League
Tijjani Reijnders

NOS Football

Ronald Koeman has announced the preliminary selection of the Dutch national team for the Nations League Finals, which will be played in the Netherlands next month. For AZ’s Tijjani Reijnders, it is the first time he has been included in the 32-man preliminary squad.

The 24-year-old midfielder is the only new name in the preliminary selection. Koeman will announce the 23 players who will actually prepare for the so-called ‘Final Four’ on May 29.

Next month, the Netherlands will enter the Nations League final tournament for the second time. In 2019, the Netherlands even reached the final at the expense of England, but Portugal was too strong in that tournament. On June 14, Croatia will be the opponent in De Kuip (8:45 p.m.). Should that match be won, Ronald Koeman’s team will play the final against Spain or Italy four days later in the same stadium.

Three Feyenoord players

Three players from the just-honored Feyenoord are among them. Lutsharel Geertruida, Justin Bijlow and Mats Wieffer are the delegates from Rotterdam. Quilindschy Hartman, who is also often mentioned as a core player of the national champion, is on the provisional selection of Jong Oranje.

The preliminary selection of Orange with Tijjani Reijnders as a big surprise

Another notable name is Kenny Tete, The defender employed by Fulham played his last international more than two years ago. Tete was also in the pre-selection in March, but then the Amsterdam native dropped out of the final selection by the national coach.

Memphis Depay, who is currently struggling with a calf injury, is also in the pre-selection as usual, as is Jasper Cillessen. The NEC goalkeeper has not been in his best form lately, but that will not cost him his spot for now. And although Daley Blind is mainly keeping the bench warm at Bayern Munich, he is also in the preliminary selection.

Kayleigh Williams