Koeman Confirms Verbruggen as Netherlands’ Top Goalkeeper for Euro 2024

In a mere 11 days, the Dutch squad bursts on to the Euro 2024 stage, with Ronald Koeman definitive in his choice of Bart Verbruggen as the starting goalkeeper against Poland.

Ronald Koeman announced that Bart Verbruggen will helm the goalkeeping duties for the Netherlands at Euro 2024.

Ambiguity loomed over which sentinel would guard the net for the Oranje as Euro 2024 approached. Verbruggen found himself in a tussle with Mark Flekken and Justin Bijlow for the coveted spot.

Securing 27 caps for Brighton and Hove Albion in all contests during his inaugural season, Verbruggen’s performance clinched him the role for the opening clash against Poland on June 16.

Grouped with France and Austria in Group D, the Netherlands gears up with a scrimmage against Canada on Thursday, succeeded by a bout with Iceland, their last rehearsal, four days hence.

“Bart’s assignment as our premier goalie was a decision made weeks ago,” Koeman commented to the press before their skirmish with the Canucks. “Though Flekken impressed in March, my decision was clear.”

Earning his initial cap against France the previous October, Verbruggen couldn’t contain his elation, admitting, “No dance, but indeed a sizable grin. No nerves hit me yet; perhaps they await down the line. Either way, I’m buoyed by my team’s faith.”

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