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Netherlands Duo Depay, De Ligt Give Epic Response To Team Not Being Considered Favourites

Depay and De Ligt seemed unconcerned about the Netherlands fixtures Euro 2020 as they gave an epic response when told they were not the favourites.

Depay and de Ligt

Depay and de Ligt

While the Netherlands undoubtedly enter Euro 2020 as the underdogs, their star players are not shy of facing the fiercest of competition. The Oranje have often been criticised in the past few years, especially because they missed out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, having reached the final and the semi-final of the previous two editions. Despite the widespread criticisms, Memphis Depay and Matthijs de Ligt had a savage response to critics not considering them in the top five favourites for this edition of the Euros.

Memphis Depay and Matthijs de Ligt give savage response when told they are not amongst top five favourites for Euro 2020

The Netherlands team has witnessed a massive slump in recent years as from being outside favourites to win the previous editions of the World Cup, they are not even included in the top five favourites to win their own continent's trophy. Several data agencies reportedly do not consider the Netherlands amongst the top five favourites anymore for the Euros. However, that did not seem a concern to Memphis Depay or Matthijs de Ligt as both gave a savage response.

Netherlands squad for Euro 2020

Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot, Tim Krul, Maarten Stekelenburg

Defenders: Patrick van Aanholt,Owen Wijndal, Daley Blind, Nathan Ake, Matthijs de Ligt, Denzel Dumfries, Joel Veltman, Jurrien Timber, Stefan de Vrij

Midfielders: Ryan Gravenberch, Georginio Wijnaldum, Davy Klaassen, Frenkie de Jong, Marten de Roon,Teun Koopmeiners

Forwards: Memphis Depay, Quincy Promes, Cody Gakpo, Steven Berghuis, Donyell Malen, Luuk de Jong, Wout Weghorst

Netherlands fixtures Euro 2020 and chances

While the Netherlands duo of Memphis Depay and Matthijs de Ligt seem unconcerned about their status coming into the Euros they cannot deny that they have a depleted squad. Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk was ruled out of the tournament due to anterior cruciate ligament damage he suffered while playing for Liverpool against Everton at Goodison Park in October 2020.

Meanwhile, the latest Netherlands player to be ruled out due to injury is Donny van de Beek with the Dutch FA confirming he will miss the upcoming Euros. With key players missing, Netherlands will definitely find it difficult to get past the later stages in the tournament as they are the favourites to top their Group. The Netherlands fixtures Euro 2020 is given below with all timings in IST.

Monday, June 14 - Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine; Kick-off 12:30 am

Friday, June 18 - Group C: Netherlands vs Austria; Kick-off 12:30 am

Monday, June 21 - Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands; Kick-off 9:30 pm

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