International week gets underway with a big friendly clash between Netherlands and Spain on Wednesday night, with the two stepping up their preparations for next summer’s European Championships.
Netherlands will face Bosnia-Herzegovina and Poland in this break in the Nations League as well, with the Dutch side third in the group at present after four games.
They are without a win in their last four games, with new boss Frank de Boer yet to really strike on a winning formula since Ronald Koeman departed for Barcelona.
Spain have been inconsistent of late but are top of their Nations League group, where they will face Switzerland and Germany after this friendly.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash.
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When is the game?
The match will kick off at 7:45pm GMT on Wednesday, 11 November at the Johan Cruijff Arena.
Where can I watch it?
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Football. Subscribers can stream via the Sky Go app.
If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
What is the team news?
Netherlands are without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the year and he could struggle for the Euros in the summer. The Dutch squad has been hit by a massive series of withdrawals since the original group was named.
Jasper Cillessen, Justin Bijlow, Perr Schurrs, Daley Sinkgraven, Kevin Strootman, Marten de Roon, Pablo Rosario, Wout Weghorst, Javairo Dilrosun and Mohamed Ihattaren are all out after initially being called up.
Spain are without Thiago Alcantara, Jesus Navas and Ansu Fati, with the Barcelona youngster being ruled out for four months this week. Saul, Dani Carvajal and Rodrigo are other notable absentees.
NED: Krul; Hateboer, De Vrij, Ake, Van Aanholt; Wijnaldum, F de Jong; Stengs, Van de Beek, Malen; Memphis.
ESP: De Gea; Sergi Roberto, P Torres, Ramos, Gaya; Merino, Rodri; Asensio, Canales, Oyarzabal; Morata.
Netherlands – 135/67
Draw – 23/10
Spain – 11/7
A low-key affair with both sides missing several key players and out of form as a team in the last international break. Netherlands 1-1 Spain
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