The future’s Oranje, haven’t you heard?
After more than four years of trudging through the footballing wilderness, Holland are back with a vengeance.
With Memphis Depay moving further away from his bleak stint at Man United thanks to some stand-out performances for Lyon this season and Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt widely considered two of the best defenders in the world right now, the Dutch certainly have some much-needed talent in their ranks.
But perhaps their most important player right now is Liverpool playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum.
On Saturday night, the midfielder helped the Dutch hustle and bustle past their big rivals Germany and even scored late-on, adding to strikes from van Dijk and Depay to see his side run-out 3-0 winners.
Joachim Loew’s Germany have struggled in recent times (let’s not even mention the World Cup), but the manager has kept his faith in his fading superstars.
Starting the out-of-form centre-back pairing of Mats Hummels and Jermone Boateng is perhaps his biggest mistake at the moment, especially with the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Niklas Sule playing so well at the moment.
That much was evident when Wijnaldum netted his brilliant goal in added-time, with the former Newcastle man giving Boateng some rather unpleasant flashbacks.
Boateng falling flat on his arse – now where have we seen this before?
That’s right, the moment looked a lot like that embarrassing moment in the Champions League semi-final in 2015, when Lionel Messi ‘broke Boateng’s ankles’ to help put Barcelona in the final at the expense of Bayern.
Naturally, the moment has become a bit of an internet meme since.
We reckon poor Jerome’s getting some serious flashbacks today.
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