The delayed EURO 2020 shall begin within weeks. No wonder that a number of teams have started their preparation. Some even have announced their provisional squad ahead of their friendly fixtures before the tournament begins. Those are Netherlands and Turkey.
De Oranje manager, Ronald De Boer, has opted to rule out several senior names such as Ryan Babel, Kevin Strootmann and Arjen Robben who was rumored to make his return to national team. Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk decided to withdraw himself from the call-up as he has been sidelined because of his serious injury since last October and would focus on regaining his fitness for the new season, whereas Lille centre back Sven Botman is included in U-21 team instead of the senior squad. Holland is scheduled to face off Scotland and Georgia in a friendly match before the EURO kick off on 11th June. De Boer's side is grouped with Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia in group C. The provisional 34-man squad will be reduced to 26 names before the 1st June. Here are the list of players in such squad:
Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot (AZ), Jasper Cillessen (Valencia),Tim Krul (Norwich), Martin Stekelenburg (Ajax).
Defenders: Patrick Van Aanholt (Palace), Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Darley Blind (Ajax), Dumfries (PSV), Hans Hateboer (Atalanta), Rick Karsdorp (Roma), Matthijs De Ligt (Juventus), St. Juste (Mainz 05), Kenny Tete (Fulham), Jurrien Timber (Ajax), Joel Veltman (Brighton), Stefan De Vrij (Inter Milan), Owen Windal (AZ).
Midfielders: Danny Van de Beek (Manchester United), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ), Martin De Roon (Atalanta), Tony Vilhena (FK Krasnodar), Gini Wijnaldum (Liverpool).
Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Steve Bergwijn (Tottenham), Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Luuk De Jong (Sevilla), Donyell Malen (PSV), Memphis Depay (Lyon), Quincy Promes (Ajax), Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg).
In the mean time, Turkey under Senol Gunes, who is at the helm of the team in the second spell after his first while leading Hakan Sukur and Co to reach semifinal in World Cup 2002, named his squad prior to their three friendly games ahead the kick off. Those three scheduled matches are up against Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland on the 27th and 31st May respectively before heading to Germany to encounter Moldova on June, 2. There has been no surprise in Gunes's list so far but two. The former Everton man Cenk Tosun did not make the call-up due to his injury while three debutantes, Kerem Aktukoglu, Halil Dervisoglu and Ridvan Yilmaz, have been included. Here is the list of names in the squad of Crescent Stars, which is seeded in group A along with Italy, Wales and Switzerland.
Goalkeepers: Mert Günok, Uğurcan Çakır, Altay Bayındır, Gökhan Akkan.
Defenders: Zeki Çelik, Mert Müldür, Merih Demiral, Ozan Kabak, Çağlar Söyüncü, Kaan Ayhan, Umut Meraş, Rıdvan Yılmaz.
Midfielders: Mahmut Tekdemir, Okay Yokuşlu, Taylan Antalyalı, Dorukhan Toköz, Ozan Tufan, Orkun Kökçü, Yusuf Yazıcı, İrfan Can Kahveci, Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
Strikers: Cengiz Ünder, Efecan Karaca, Halil Akbunar, Abdülkadir Ömür, Kerem Aktürkoğlu, Burak Yılmaz, Enes Ünal, Kenan Karaman, Halil İbrahim Dervişoğlu.