Frank de Boer wants to say almost nothing about any changes in the base of the Dutch national team on Saturday evening against Latvia. After the 4-2 defeat at the start of the World Cup qualification against Turkey, it seems likely that a number of other players will get the chance to Johan Cruijff ArenA.
“If there are changes, you will see that tomorrow,” said De Boer on Friday at the Orange press conference in Zeist.
The only thing he more or less indicated was that Tim Krul will play again after Jasper Cillessen was injured during the warm-up for Turkey. Due to the injury of Cillessen, De Boer called on Marco Bizot and Maarten Stekelenburg is the other goalkeeper in his 24-member squad.
“At the moment Tim is the first goalkeeper, we showed that by pushing him forward in Istanbul. Stekelenburg is also doing fantastic at his club Ajax, so Krul has to show it.”
De Jong seems a logical option for striker position
In recent international matches, De Boer chose Luuk de Jong as a striker against a weaker opponent such as Bosnia-Herzegovina. It therefore seems likely that De Jong, who scored against Turkey as a substitute, may start against Latvia, which is 136th in the FIFA ranking.
In that case, Memphis would have to move to the outside, although he recently indicated that he prefers to play in the point.
“It is important that you know what players feel most comfortable with,” De Boer said of Memphis’s preference. “On the other hand, our choice also depends on the opponent and on where we think a player can have the most return for the team. I look at what is needed per match.”
The Netherlands against Latvia starts on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Johan Cruijff ArenA and is led by arbitrator Stéphanie Frappart. It is the first time in history that an international match for Orange is whistled by a woman.
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