In the section Oud-Oranje Oordeelt we ask a former international five questions about the Orange squad at this European Championship.

In episode 1 Rinus Israël, who played 47 international matches and finished second with the Orange at the 1974 World Cup.

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1. Frank de Boer will probably start against Ukraine with a 5-3-2 formation.

Logical?


"No, I've never been in favor of 5-3-2. I think that's mainly a system for against stronger opponents. With this system it is difficult to lock an opponent early and the field occupation is not ideal. With 4 -3-3 makes it easier for you to pass the ball."

2. Tim Krul or Maarten Stekelenburg?

Who should keep?


"Stekelenburg. I'm not saying he's better than Krul, but he's more suitable for this tournament. He's a calm guy who doesn't seem nervous."

3. Who should play next to Memphis Depay at the forefront?


"Donyell Malen. He is faster and more footballer than Wout Weghorst or Luuk de Jong. That choice is not that difficult in a 5-3-2."

4. Will the Netherlands beat Ukraine?


"I hope so. I have no idea of ​​Ukraine, so that is difficult for me to estimate. But I assume that the Netherlands is stronger in terms of player material, especially now that we are playing at home."

5. How far will Orange get this European Championship?


"The Netherlands is not the top favourite, there are four countries that are just as strong or perhaps slightly better. But the group stage should not be a problem. After that it depends on which opponents you meet and whether you have a little self-confidence in those three group matches. refueled."

Rinus Israël (left) prior to the international match between the Netherlands and Switzerland in 1965.

Rinus Israël (left) prior to the international match between the Netherlands and Switzerland in 1965.

Photo: National Archives

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