No Sneijder but England Could Face Kluivert

Ronald Koeman will name his first Netherlands squad on Wednesday.

The former Southampton and Everton manager was named as the new manager of his country’s national team after the failure to qualify for Russia 2018 and the departure of Dick Advocaat.

A new-look Holland is expected to face England at the Amsterdam ArenA on Friday 23 March with Arjen Robben retiring from international football after the World Cup qualifiers and now Wesley Sneijder deciding that he too will step down.

The 33-year-old had won a Dutch record 133 caps but said this week: "I understand that Koeman wants a fresh start with younger players. I respect his decision.”

Those younger players could still include a famous name in World football if Koeman decides to hand a call-up to Justin Kluivert.

The 18-year-old son on Patrick has become a regular in the Ajax team of late and is one of six players that the Football Oranje website has earmarked for a potential place in Koeman’s new era.

Holland’s most recent squad, named for the friendlies against Scotland and Romania late last year, contained six players currently playing in English football’s top-flight including Liverpool’s big-money defensive signing Virgil van Dijk.

Memphis Dempay scored the only goal of the game against Scotland and also netted in a 3-0 victory against the Romanians which means that the Dutch, despite their World Cup woes, head into the England game with five consecutive victories under their belts.

The stadium in Amsterdam, now officially named after the late Johan Cruyff, will be hosting England for the fourth time with the three previous matches all ending in draws, most recently in August 2009 when Jermain Defoe scored twice to haul England back into the game after they trailed to strikes from Dirk Kuyt and Rafael van der Vaart.

Thanks to the England Stats website for details of the previous meetings with Holland.

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