Liverpool stars set to face Northern Ireland as Netherlands name provisional squad for Euro 2020 qualifier
Northern Ireland's squad are set to go up against Liverpool stars Virgil Van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum as the Netherlands have named a provisional 30-man squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Michael O'Neill's men visit Rotterdam on Thursday, October 10 knowing a result is almost definitely required if they're to keep alive their hopes of automatic qualification for the Euro 2020 finals.
However, that won't be easy as Holland boss Ronald Koeman has named a strong panel with the likes of Juventus star Matthijs De Ligt, Barcelona's Frenkie De Jong and former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay also included.
There is no place yet for Sergiño Dest, the 18-year-old Ajax full-back who is expected to make the international switch from USA to represent the country of his birth.
Northern Ireland were knocked off top spot in Group C when they lost 2-0 at home to Germany earlier this month.
That result means, barring Estonia or Belarus springing a massive surprise against one of the top two seeds, the GAWA have two paths left to automatic qualification.
The first is two take four points from their two games against the Netherlands or, alternatively, to pick up one win against Holland and then beat Germany in Frankfurt.
The silver lining is that the play-offs could still be an option if Northern Ireland can't manage to seal a top two spot.
Netherlands squad to face Northern Ireland
Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot (AZ Alkmaar), Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Defenders: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Daley Blind, Joël Veltman, (both Ajax Amsterdam), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries, Jeroen Zoet (both PSV Eindhoven), Hans Hateboer (Atalanta), Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan).
Midfielders: Donny van de Beek (Ajax Amsterdam), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Propper (Brighton & Hove Albion), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Kevin Strootman (Olympique Marseille), Tonny Vilhena (FC Krasnodar), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).
Forwards: Ryan Babel (Galatasaray), Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Justin Kluivert (AS Roma), Steven Bergwijn, Donyell Malen (both PSV Eindhoven), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais), Quincy Promes (Ajax Amsterdam), Wout Weghorst (Vfl Wolfsburg)
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