AMSTERDAM: Netherlands named a new goalkeeping option for this month’s two European Championship qualifiers against France and Greece but must do without key injured players as they battle for a place at next year’s finals in Germany.
Coach Ronald Koeman on Friday (Oct 6) named uncapped Nick Olij from Sparta Rotterdam in place of Andries Noppert, who was the team’s first-choice goalkeeper at last year’s World Cup but has been dropped.
Injury to Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Cody Gakpo and Memphis Depay leaves the Dutch depleted for the clashes against France in Amsterdam on Oct 13 and Greece away in Athens on Oct 16.
Koeman has recalled the Ajax Amsterdam striking duo Steven Bergwijn and Brian Brobbey as well as the German-based wingback Jeremie Frimpong, who has been called up previously but is yet to win a cap.
The Dutch have nine points from four matches in Group B, six behind leaders France, who have a 100 per cent record. Greece are also on nine points but have played one match more than the Dutch while Ireland are in fourth spot in the group on three points.