The Dutch national team starts Monday evening with Donyell Malen, Joël Veltman and Davy Pröpper in the European Championship qualification match against Estonia. The trio is preferred over Quincy Promes, Denzel Dumfries and Marten de Roon.
Twenty-year-old Malen makes his basic debut for the Orange. PSV's attacker came in last Friday in the European Championship qualifying match with Germany and then added to his debut with a goal. The team of national coach Ronald Koeman won that game after a nice comeback with 2-4.
Veltman takes the place of Dumfries on the right back position. The defender of Ajax is in the base of the Orange for the first time in almost two years. Pröpper replaces De Roon in midfield and Promes must give his place to Malen in the attack.
Koeman already announced on Sunday at his press conference that he might make several changes in his line-up of the Dutch national team before meeting Estonia.
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Dumfries and De Roon both played against Germany for about an hour and were replaced by Pröpper and Malen. Veltman remained on the bench in Hamburg for the entire match and Promes completed the ninety minutes.
In addition to Veltman, Pröpper and Malen, Koeman makes no further changes to his setup. That means that Malen forms the attack together with Memphis Depay and Ryan Babel. Memphis will play its 50th match against Estonia.
Three players with an Eredivisie history participate in Estonia. Ragnar Klavan previously played for AZ and Heracles Almelo, Karol Mets played for NAC Breda and Henrik Ojamaa was active for Go Ahead Eagles.
Donyell Malen enhanced his debut for the Orange squad last Friday with a goal against Germany. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Orange occupies third place in group C
The Netherlands is third in group C with six points from three games. The gap with number two in Germany is three points, but 'Die Mannschaft' has played a game more.
The Germans will visit Northern Ireland on Monday, which leads in this group with twelve points from four games. Estonia is closing the gap and is still waiting for the first point after four matches.
The meeting between Orange and Estonia, which is one hundredth on the FIFA ranking, starts on Monday at 20.45 in the A. Le Coq Arena and is led by Ukrainian referee Serhiy Boyko.
Setup Estonia: Lepmets; Teniste, Tamm, Klavan, Kallaste; Ainsalu, Mets, Cait; Zenjov, Sorga, Ojamaa.
Setup Orange: Cillessen; Veltman, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; Pröpper, Wijnaldum, F. de Jong; Grind, Memphis, Babel.
View the results, the positions and the program in the European Championship qualification