October 5, 2018 / 2:03 PM / 8 months ago

Soccer: Four new players called-up by Dutch coach Koeman

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman continued his overhaul of the national team as he named four new players on Friday to a 25-man squad to play against Germany and Belgium later this month.

FILE PHOTO: Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

The PSV Eindhoven trio of Steven Bergwijn, Denzel Dumfries and Pablo Rosario received a first call-up along with Arnaut Groeneveld, who scored a stunning goal for Belgium’s Club Bruges against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Since being appointed in February, Koeman has looked to bring in promising youngsters to spearhead a new era in the wake of the team’s failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

However, there was no place for 19-year-old Justin Kluivert, who was also a scorer in the Champions League this week for AS Roma.

The Dutch host Germany in Amsterdam on Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Nations League and then travel across the border to Belgium for a friendly in Brussels on Oct. 16.


Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot (AZ Alkmaar), Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven)

Defenders: Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt (both Ajax Amsterdam), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Denzel Dumfries (PSV Eindhoven), Hans Hateboer (Atalanta), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (Ajax Amsterdam), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Davy Propper (Brighton and Hove Albion), Pablo Rosario (PSV Eindhoven), Kevin Strootman (Olympique Marseille), Donny van de Beek (Ajax Amsterdam), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Besiktas), Steven Bergwijn, Luuk de Jong (both PSV Eindhoven), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais), Arnaut Groeneveld (Club Bruges), Quincy Promes (Sevilla).

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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