LIVE: De Boer opts for an Orange base full of surprises by fire baptism

Frank de Boer is sitting on the bench for the first time on Wednesday evening as national coach of the Dutch national team. Mexico is the opponent in the Johan Cruijff Arena. VoetbalPrimeur reports on the practice match.

For the Orange, the game serves as preparation for the Nations League duels with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy. De Boer can draw on 24 players for his debut as national coach. Steven Bergwijn and Mohamed Ihattaren dropped out with injuries, so Calvin Stengs was still called up. AZ teammate Teun Koopmeiners is the only debutant in the selection. The former coach of Ajax has already announced that he wants to continue on the same footing as predecessor Ronald Koeman.

The Mexico selection also houses a number of famous faces, of whom Ajax midfielder Edson Álvarez is still active in the Eredivisie. Andrés Guardado (ex-PSV), Jesús Corona (ex-FC Twente), and Héctor Moreno (ex-PSV and -AZ) are also present. A big loss is the lack of Hirving Lozano, who is in quarantine with Napoli after a few corona infections.

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