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Netherlands Announce Nations League Squad, 5 Stars Snubbed

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has revealed his 23-man squad for their UEFA Nations League semi-final tie against England next month, and it is largely made up of stars who play for Ajax Amsterdam and in the Premier League.

Click through the gallery above to see some Netherlands stars who were snubbed for Oranje's latest squad!

The Dutch will do duty against the Three Lions in the semi-final of the Nations League on 6 June, and Koeman will be looking to get back to winning ways after his side succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to Germany in their most recent 2020 UEFA European Championship qualifier.

Virgil van Dijk headlines the five-man list of players called up from England's top flight, with the others being Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth) and Davy Propper (Brighton & Hove Albion).

Veteran striker Ryan Babel, who is the second-most capped player (56 caps) in the squad behind Ajax star Daley Blind (62 caps), also got a call-up, despite being part of the Fulham side that was recently relegated to the Championship.

Blind is one of three Ajax players called up by Koeman, along with Matthijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek, while Frenkie de Jong, whose move to FC Barcelona was made official a couple of weeks ago, is also in the squad.

Lyon defender Kenny Tete was forced to withdraw due to injury, and was subsequently replaced by Atalanta's Hans Hateboer.

Five players – Steven Berghuis, Terence Kongolo, Pablo Rosario, Wout Weghorst and Jeroen Zoet – were cut from the preliminary squad Koeman named earlier this month.

The winner of the clash between Oranje and England will face the winner of the other semi-final between Portugal and Switzerland, which will be decided on 5 June in Porto, while the third-place play-off and final will take place on 9 June.

Here is the Netherlands' full squad, as announced on their official Twitter account:
Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot (AZ Alkmaar), Jasper Cillessen (FC Barcelona), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
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 (FC Barcelona), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Davy Propper (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kevin Strootman (Olympique Marseille), Donny van de Beek (Ajax Amsterdam), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Forwards: Ryan Babel (Fulham), Steven Bergwijn, Luuk de Jong (both PSV Eindhoven), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon), Quincy Promes (Sevilla)
Between England and the Netherlands, which side are you backing to secure victory? Have your say in the comments section below.



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