If Romania beat Holland this evening, France and Italy will go out of Euro 2008.  That’s the simple equation.

Holland should easily beat Romania – except for the fact they don’t need to.  Marco van Basten’s side are already guaranteed a place in the quarter finals, thanks to good wins against the two World Cup 2006 finalists.  So why would Van Basten risk his best players picking up an injury or a card in a match where the result doesn’t count.

So no surprise to see the team for tonight’s game:

  • 16 Stekelenburg
  • 21 Boulahrouz
  • 03 Heitinga
  • 14 Bouma
  • 15 De Cler
  • 06 De Zeeuw
  • 08 Engelaar
  • 20 Afellay
  • 07 Van Persie
  • 11 Robben
  • 19 Huntelaar
  • Both the French and Italian teams have been worried and complaining about how they could go out because the Dutch play a weakened team.  But why not rest, Sneijder, Van der Sar, and Kuyt, and prevent Ooijer and de Jong, both on a booking, picking another one up.

    In a tournament I’m not sure there is ever a good time, from the perspective of all the other teams to rest players, someone will always feel hard done by.  How do you prevent that happening?

    Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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