The Netherlands are back in a major competition for the first time since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup and despite being seeded in Pot Two, they managed to avoid all the major nations from the top seeds, drawing Ukraine, Austria and debutants, North Macedonia. They are the clear favourites to win the group at 2/5, but they have not shown consistent form like some of the other big nations have ahead of the tournament, but they do remain 1/50 to qualify.
Had it not been for a very late show against Northern Ireland in qualifying, the Green and White Army could have condemned the Dutch to a third consecutive absence from major tournaments. Since they confirmed that place at the Euro’s, however, their form has still been hit and miss.
The Dutch finished behind Italy in their Nations League group as the Azzurri convincingly beat them on their own patch and they recently lost 4-2 in Turkey in World Cup qualifying.
Not having any big names who can change a game in an instant at an international tournament, and no Virgil van Dijk to marshall the defence may not prove too costly in a group they should comfortably win, but beyond the group phase, they may run into trouble without him.