Gakpo, Timber in provisional Dutch Euro squad, Babel misses out

It's a first call-up to the Netherlands squad for Eindhoven attacker Cody Gakpo and Ajax defender Jurriem Timber, who've both made strong impressions in the Dutch league.

PSV Eindhoven's young prospect Cody Gakpo (in pic) has impressed Netherlands manager Frank de Boer and made his way into the Euro squad after finishing the 2020-21 Eredivisie season strong (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Netherlands named young prospects Cody Gakpo and Jurriem Timber in a provisional 34-man squad for next month’s European Championship but coach Frank de Boer surprisingly left out veteran striker Ryan Babel on Friday.

It is a first call-up for PSV Eindhoven attacker Gakpo and Ajax Amserdam defender Timber, who have both made a strong impression in the second half of the Dutch league season.

De Boer also recalled Aston Villa forward Anwar El Ghazi and AS Roma defender Rick Karsdorp. He will cut his squad to 26 players on May 26, the Dutch FA said. Babel, 34, had been a regular for De Boer and was a notable omission when the provisional squad was released.

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Daley Blind, who suffered a serious knee injury in March and is battling to be fit for the tournament, was included, along with 38-year-old goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, just days after extending his contract with champion Ajax.

Earlier this week, captain Virgil van Dijk said he would not try to return from injury at Euro 2020 but instead concentrate on being fit for the next Premier League season with Liverpool.

Netherlands is in Group C with Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine and is expected to reach the knockout stages quite easily.

- THE SQUAD -

Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot (AZ Alkmaar), Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Tim Krul (Norwich City), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam).

Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Denzel Dumfries (PSV Eindhoven), Hans Hateboer (Atalanta), Rick Karsdorp (AS Roma), Jeremiah St Juste (Mainz), Kenny Tete (Fulham), Jurriem Timber (Ajax Amsterdam), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Joel Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion), Owen Wijndal (AZ Alkmaar).

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen (both Ajax Amsterdam), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ Alkmaar), Donny van de Beek (Manchester United), Tonny Vilhena (Krasnodar), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais), Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa), Cody Gakpo, Donyell Malen (both PSV Eindhoven), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Wout Weghorst (Vfl Wolfsburg).

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