Frank de Boer’s assistant accidentally leaks Netherlands XI for Macedonia clash

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Frank de Boer's assistant Dwight Lodeweges has accidentally leaked his Netherlands starting line-up for Monday's Euro 2020 clash with North Macedonia.

Netherlands have already qualified for the knockout stages of the major tournament after beating Ukraine and Austria in their opening two fixtures.

A point in their final group outing against North Macedonia will be enough to guarantee top spot, which would set up a last-16 showdown with the top third-place side in Group D, E or F.

And ahead of the game, the Dutch press have spotted De Boer's starting XI on Lodeweges' notepad during their final training session on Sunday.

If the notepad details are accurate, Maarten Stekelenburg will keep his place in between the sticks.

The back three in De Boer's 3-5-2 setup against Austria on Thursday – Stefan de Vrij, Matthijs de Ligt and Daley Blind – are also set to get the nod again.

Denzel Dumfries and Patrick van Aanholt will also retain their places at wing-back.

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In midfield, De Boer is poised to name Frenkie de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum once again, but Ryan Gravenberch will come in for Marten de Roon.

And Lodeweges' notes also suggest Donyell Malen will replace Wout Weghorst alongside Memphis Depay at the pinpoint of the Netherlands attack.

De Boer's 3-5-2 system has proved highly controversial in Holland, and Oranje midfielder Wijnaldum has even expressed his own frustration with it.

The outgoing Liverpool star said on Friday: “We did not have a great build-up to the tournament. The hammering we got was ­something that led to discussions in the squad.

“We spoke with all the ­players and the coaches about the ­critics. Fans and media are allowed to be sharp and critical. We had to face it because of the way we played against Scotland.

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“I like the real Dutch 4-3-3 system. That is where my heart is, with myself in an attacking role behind the front three. That was the way we played under Ronald Koeman and that was also the period where we were very successful again.

“We got to the final of the Nations League, we beat teams like France and Germany."

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