For both Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu it was "fantastic" to make a debut against Estonia (5-0) on Tuesday in the Dutch national team and the fact that they were immediately in the field together made it extra special. The two attackers have known each other for years from AZ, where they went through youth training, and are good friends.
"When Myron entered the field, we looked at each other for a moment. It was wonderful to suddenly be in Orange together," says twenty-year-old Stengs, who had a base place in Johan Cruijff ArenA and gave two assists. Boadu, who was two years younger, came in halfway and crowned his debut with a goal.
"It is a dream come true to play together in the Dutch national team", says Boadu. "That I also score is fantastic."
Stengs heard the evening before the European Championship qualifying match with Estonia that he was going to play. "The coach said it in a conversation. I was able to sleep well afterwards, but when the game came closer I felt a bit of tension. Maybe I started thinking too much and as a result I got a little awkward."
Although Stengs gave the assist after the break on the 3-0 and 4-0 of Georginio Wijnaldum, he is not completely satisfied with the first appearance in the Dutch team. "I don't think I really convinced the coach, I wanted to show more."
"Balls at Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong did not go well right away. Later I got better. I am happy that I was able to help the team with two assists and I am proud of my debut, but it was not like I normally had at AZ play. That might make sense. The environment is different and it's going faster, but I expect more from myself. "
Joy Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu after the 5-0. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"I must have said"
In contrast to Stengs, Boadu, who heard from Ronald Koeman on Tuesday morning that he would be coming in anyway, gained confidence with his first ball contact.
"At my first assumption the tension was gone. The experienced boys told me to shit and I succeeded. I had a nice action right away. Frenkie (de Jong, ed.) And Patrick (van Aanholt, ed.) Played me a lot so that felt familiar. "
At his goal in the 87th minute it was Kevin Strootman who gave the pass, after which Boadu hit the keeper through the legs. "At AZ I get that kind of pass from Calvin, but at Orange everyone can give it," says Boadu. "The level is very high."
Just like Stengs, it was for Boadu, therefore, the occasional boost in his first week as an international, although there was little evidence of this against Estonia. "It's all going faster and I have to work on that. This was the first time I was there, then it is not so bad. But when I come back to the Orange, it must be better."
Myron Boadu is the first eighteen year old to score in Orange since Ryan Babel in 2005. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"The national coach must make difficult choices"
The next international games for the Orange squad are two exhibition games in March, after which preparation for the European Championship begins in May. A place in the selection for the final tournament seems feasible for both Stengs and Boadu, but with Memphis Depay, Quincy Promes, Ryan Babel, Steven Berghuis, Steven Bergwijn, Wout Weghorst, Luuk de Jong, Donyell Malen and Justin Kluivert the competition is in the competition. attack big.
"The national coach must make difficult choices," Boadu realizes. "Hopefully I'll be back in March and then I can make an impression. I don't want to think about the European Championship yet, although it would be great if I already had a tournament at such a young age."
Stengs also does not want to look too far ahead. "It will be another seven months until the European Championship. The national coach will continue to follow me, it will be fighting for my place and hopefully I will be selected again in March. I have to show it at AZ in the coming period."
On Saturday, Stengs and Boadu will resume the Eredivisie season with AZ with a away game at 18.30 against FC Utrecht. The Alkmaarders are in second place after thirteen rounds with six points behind leader Ajax.
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