Van Rhijn was drafted in by new coach Louis van Gaal to replace Gregory van der Wiel after his dismal Euro 2012 showing, while De Vrij and Martins Indi came in to add some mobility and freshness to the centre and Daley Bind has played three times for the Oranje. Euro u21 preview: Jong Oranje. De Jong is the most experienced and reliable striker in the squad, but the Netherlands have good backup in the shape of Danny Hoesen. De Vrij has improved significantly in the last season throughout which he has been partnered with veteran defender Joris Mathijsen and it is important to note that, despite the experience of the latter, it is the youngster who wears the captains armband for his club. Daley Blind, on the left will be Ajaxs Daley Blind, the son of former Ajax and Netherlands legend Danny. The full-back has developed immensely over the last 18 months and has gone from a player hated by the Amsterdam natives to a fan hero and was named Ajax Player of the Season in May.
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Patrick van Aanholt has been one of the brightest full-backs in the Eredivisie since joining Vitesse on loan from Chelsea and the left-back will be somewhat disappointed if he does indeed find himself having to settle for a place on the bench behind Blind as is expected to be the case. While once fans of Dutch football bemoaned the lack of quality defenders, thats all changed. Whats particularly striking about that Netherlands back line is that all four players have become established members of the senior squad. Beyond that, however, the squad includes only Kelvin Leerdam from Feyenoord is not an established first team player with his club. Even Danny Hoesen (Ajax) and Memphis Depay (PSV) featured in over half the league games this season but neither are expected to be pivotal in this upcoming tournament. Although he wouldnt have carried Netherlands to the final, he would have provided a certain dig and dynamism to the midfield, which was severely lacking in the team. Strootman is expected to shake off the disappointment of the campaign which has just finished and provide the required spark and strength in the midfield.