Ronald Koeman was a happy man on Tuesday after the 5-1 victory of the Dutch team against Estonia in the last international match of 2019. The national team coach gave a number of other players a chance against the group C leader and concluded that the competition was fierce towards the European Championship of next year.

"It will be a big fight," Koeman told the NOS after the game in Amsterdam about the selection process for EURO 2020. "We still have about six months and many young players, who will then continue. I have players said that we as staff will calmly look at what they are going to do. Ultimately it is about putting together the strongest selection. "

The 56-year-old trainer has often worked with a fixed team for the past year and a half, but on Tuesday he played in the Johan Cruijff ArenA for debutants Calvin Stengs (20) and Myron Boadu (18) and 'reserves' Nathan Aké, Patrick van Aanholt, Luuk de Jong, Wout Weghorst and Kevin Strootman.

"It would be very strange if, after one evening against Estonia, everything suddenly became clear," said Koeman. "But today we have been able to try a number of positions and have a few boys make their debut."

In March, the national coach will once again have the opportunity to experiment at two practice duels with unknown opponents. "I will use those matches to resolve issues in the selection by letting many players play. In May we will start preparing for the European Championship and then we will really start working on the team. 2020 will certainly be a good year , it's great that we are going to the European Championships. I think we should be very happy about that. "

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