Netherlands: decisive against Scotland, Depay asserts himself as the captain of Oranje

The Netherlands snatched a draw against Scotland on Wednesday in Portugal, in a preparatory match for the Euro (2-2). Author of a double, Memphis Depay behaved as a boss at a time when his future in club is still not decided.

The boss is Memphis. If it was not clear enough, Depay confirmed it on Wednesday during the friendly match between the Netherlands and Scotland (2-2). The Dutch striker scored a brace that allowed his team to avoid defeat on the lawn in Faro, southern Portugal. At 27, the OL captain, who is reaching the end of his contract in the Rhône, is at the top of his game. And the Oranje benefit from it.


After the Scots’ opener, Memphis equalized with a volley from the left, taking advantage of a header from Georgino Wijnaldum (17th). He then snatched the draw in the last minutes with a superb free kick from the right at the entrance to the area (89th). Enough to confirm its current shape. Depay has scored 6 goals in his last 6 games for the national jersey.

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Announced close to Barça

From the top of his 62 caps (23 goals), the former Manchester United player is shaping up to be one of the big stars of the Euro. Author of 22 goals and 12 assists in 40 games with Lyon this season, he will try to lead the Netherlands as far as possible. After a second friendly against Georgia on Sunday in Enschede, Frank de Boer’s players will start their competition against Ukraine on 13 June. Before facing Austria (June 17) and North Macedonia (June 21) in a group C which seems within their reach.

At the same time, Memphis will also have to deal with the question of his future. After announcing his departure from OL, he is free to sign up with the club of his choice. In Catalonia, the media assure that his arrival at FC Barcelona would be on the right track. He could find his compatriot Ronald Koeman on the bench. And maybe even Wijnaldum, also free and announced close to Barça.


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