Netherlands Striker Joshua Zirkzee Called Up to Euro 2024 Squad

Netherlands striker Joshua Zirkzee was enjoying his holiday at Walt Disney World in Florida when he received a surprising call to join the Dutch Euro 2024 squad. This unexpected turn of events came as a result of a growing injury list within the team, with key players like Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners ruled out of the competition just before the tournament.

Another player, Ian Maatsen, was similarly caught off guard while vacationing in Mykonos with his girlfriend. He was called up by Ronald Koeman to replace the injured De Jong. Maatsen, who was on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Chelsea last season, played a crucial role in the team’s journey to the Champions League final. Despite the disappointment of the final loss, Maatsen was ready to answer the call and join the Dutch squad.

In a surprising twist, Zirkzee, a 23-year-old striker, also got the call to join the Dutch squad for Euro 2024. Zirkzee, who is reportedly on Manchester United’s radar for the upcoming transfer window, seized the opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage. Originally left out of the squad, Zirkzee expressed his surprise and excitement on social media as he prepared to leave his holiday for Germany to meet the team.

Zirkzee’s inclusion in the squad comes at a crucial time as the Dutch team deals with injuries, particularly Brian Brobbey’s hamstring issue. While Brobbey received positive news after an MRI scan, Zirkzee’s arrival provides essential cover and depth to the squad. Despite his own injury concerns that led to him being left out of the initial squad selection by Koeman, Zirkzee is now presented with a chance to prove himself at the Euros.

With their opening match against Poland fast approaching, the Netherlands are gearing up for a competitive start to their Euro 2024 campaign. Zirkzee, alongside Maatsen and the rest of the Dutch squad, will be looking to make an impact and contribute to their team’s success in the tournament. The unexpected call-ups and last-minute changes have added an element of excitement and unpredictability to the team’s preparations as they aim for a strong showing in the upcoming competition.

Brian Brobbey

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