Netherlands World Cup squad 2022: Possible 26 players on Dutch national football team roster for Qatar

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The Netherlands enter the FIFA 2022 World Cup as an international enigma. They produce some of the top talent across the European club landscape but have fallen short at the international level for almost the last decade.

After a great showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they finished third, beating hosts Brazil 3-0 in the third-place match, it was nothing but disappointment for the Oranje.

They failed to qualify for either Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup and were knocked out in the round of 16 at Euro 2020.

Louis van Gaal, manager for their 2014 World Cup run, returned to take charge last August after the disappointment of Euro 2020 and has this talented group ready for a course correction in Qatar.

The Dutch are considered the strongest side in Group A thanks to the presence of hosts Qatar, but they will have their hands full with Senegal and Ecuador, plus the hosts’ possible support for Qatar.

Still, this is a team absolutely bursting with Europe’s top club talent and if they manage to reach the knockout stages as expected, they will prove a dangerous presence. Anything short of reaching the quarter-finals is likely to be a disappointment for the Dutch.

Provisional Netherlands World Cup squad 2022

Manager Louis van Gaal had until Friday, October 21 to submit an official preliminary list of 35-55 players to FIFA, from which he will select his final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday, November 14.

Here’s the 39-player list he named at a press conference. All players on this list will be available for selection for the final 26-man roster, and any injury replacements on that final roster prior to the tournament must come from this preliminary list. Anyone off this list may not participate in the tournament.

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Remko Pasveer Ajax (NED) 38 2
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen NEC Nijmegen (NED) 33 63
Goalkeeper Mark Flekken Freiburg (GER) 29 4
Goalkeeper Andries Noppert Heerenveen (NED) 28 0
Goalkeeper Justin Bijlow Feyenoord (NED) 24 6
Defender Virgil van Dijk Liverpool (ENG) 31 49
Defender Nathan Ake Manchester City (ENG) 27 29
Defender Mitchel Bakker Bayer Leverkusen (NED) 22 0
Defender Jeremie Frimpong Bayer Leverkusen (NED) 21 0
Defender Stefan de Vrij Inter (ITA) 30 59
Defender Daley Blind Ajax (NED) 32 94
Defender Pascal Struijk Leeds United (ENG) 23 0
Defender Mickey van de Ven Wolfsburg (GER) 21 0
Defender Matthijs de Ligt Bayern Munich (GER) 23 38
Defender Tyrell Malacia Manchester United (ENG) 23 6
Defender Jurrien Timber Ajax (NED) 21 10
Defender Devyne Rensch Ajax (NED) 19 1
Defender Denzel Dumfries Inter (ITA) 26 37
Defender Sven Botman Newcastle (ENG) 22 0
Midfielder Frenkie de Jong Barcelona (SPA) 25 45
Midfielder Davy Klaassen Ajax (NED) 29 35
Midfielder Xavi Simons PSV Eindhoven (NED) 19 0
Midfielder Steven Berghuis Ajax (NED) 30 39
Midfielder Marten de Roon Atalanta (ITA) 31 30
Midfielder Ryan Gravenberch Bayern Munich (GER) 20 11
Midfielder Kenneth Taylor Ajax (NED) 20 2
Midfielder Teun Koopmeiners Atalanta (ITA) 24 9
Midfielder Jordy Clasie AZ Alkmaar (NED) 31 17
Midfielder Guus Til PSV Eindhoven (NED) 24 5
Forward Memphis Depay Barcelona (SPA) 28 81
Forward Steven Bergwijn Ajax (NED) 25 24
Forward Brian Brobbey Ajax (NED) 20 0
Forward Cody Gakpo PSV Eindhoven (NED) 23 9
Forward Wout Weghorst Besiktas (TUR) 30 15
Forward Vincent Janssen Royal Antwerp (BEL) 28 20
Forward Luuk de Jong PSV Eindhoven (NED) 32 38
Forward Arnaut Danjuma Villarreal (SPA) 25 6
Forward Donyell Malen Borussia Dortmund (GER) 23 19
Forward Noa Lang Club Brugge (BEL) 23 5

Final 26-man Netherlands World Cup roster

Cuts will be made across the board, as Louis van Gaal has a number of young players at his disposal, but he’ll look to find experience where possible, likely leaving some of those promising youngsters on the outside looking in this time around.

Below is a projected final 26-man squad, assuming all his players are fit and ready to go.

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Remko Pasveer Ajax (NED) 38 2
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen NEC Nijmegen (NED) 33 63
Goalkeeper Mark Flekken Freiburg (GER) 29 4
Defender Virgil van Dijk Liverpool (ENG) 31 49
Defender Nathan Ake Man City (ENG) 27 29
Defender Stefan de Vrij Inter (ITA) 30 59
Defender Daley Blind Ajax (NED) 32 94
Defender Matthijs de Ligt Bayern Munich (GER) 23 38
Defender Tyrell Malacia Man United (ENG) 23 6
Defender Jurrien Timber Ajax (NED) 21 10
Defender Denzel Dumfries Inter (ITA) 30 36
Midfielder Xavi Simons PSV Eindhoven (NED) 19 0
Midfielder Frenkie de Jong Barcelona (SPA) 25 45
Midfielder Davy Klaassen Ajax (NED) 29 35
Midfielder Steven Berghuis Ajax (NED) 30 39
Midfielder Marten de Roon Atalanta (ITA) 31 30
Midfielder Ryan Gravenberch Bayern Munich (GER) 20 11
Midfielder Kenneth Taylor Ajax (NED) 20 2
Midfielder Teun Koopmeiners Atalanta (ITA) 24 9
Midfielder Jordy Clasie AZ Alkmaar (NED) 31 17
Forward Memphis Depay Barcelona (SPA) 28 81
Forward Steven Bergwijn Ajax (NED) 25 24
Forward Cody Gakpo PSV Eindhoven (NED) 23 9
Forward Wout Weghorst Besiktas (TUR) 30 15
Forward Vincent Janssen Royal Antwerp (BEL) 28 20
Forward Donyell Malen Borussia Dortmund (GER) 23 19

Netherlands World Cup group

The Oranje were drawn into Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Only the top two teams in each group will advance.

The Netherlands are the highest-ranked team in Group A, thanks to the presence of hosts Qatar as the Pot 1 side.

The Dutch will open the tournament against Sadio Mane and Senegal before taking on Ecuador and Qatar, needing to watch out for the host boost which has proven a real danger over the years.

World Cup Group A fixtures and match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sun, Nov. 20 Qatar vs. Ecuador 11 a.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Mon, Nov. 21 Senegal vs. Netherlands 11 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Fri, Nov. 25 Qatar vs. Senegal 8 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Fri, Nov. 25 Netherlands vs. Ecuador 11 a.m. Khalifa Int’l Stadium
Tues, Nov. 29 Netherlands vs. Qatar 10 a.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Tues, Nov. 29 Ecuador vs. Senegal 10 a.m. Khalifa Int’l Stadium

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