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Verbruggen to be Netherlands´ number one at Euro 2024, Koeman confirms

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jun 2024

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Ronald Koeman confirmed Bart Verbruggen will be the Netherlands’ first-choice goalkeeper at Euro 2024.

There had been question marks over who would keep goal for the Oranje during the forthcoming European Championship, with Verbruggen facing competition from Mark Flekken and Justin Bijlow.

But the Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper, who made 27 appearances across all competitions during his debut season with the Seagulls, has been given the nod for the Netherlands’ tournament opener against Poland on June 16.

The Dutch, who will also play France and Austria in Group D, continue their preparations with a friendly against Canada on Thursday, before playing Iceland in their final warm-up match four days later.

“It had been clear to me for several weeks that Bart would become the first-choice goalkeeper,” Koeman told reporters ahead of the match against the Canucks. “Mark Flekken did well in March [the last international window], but the choice was clear to me.”

Verbruggen, who won the first of his five caps to date against France last October, admitted he could not contain his excitement when told the good news.

“I didn’t do a little dance, but I did have a grin from ear to ear,” he said. “I don’t feel any pressure, but maybe it will come later because I have never been to a major tournament. But I feel I have the confidence of my team-mates.”

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