Team news: Memphis and Blind start for Netherlands

by Sam Peoples

Netherlands XI vs Kazakhstan: Cillessen; Tete, Bruma, Van Dijk, Riedewald; Wijnaldum, Blind, Sneijder; El Ghazi, Huntelaar, Depay

Memphis Depay and Daley Blind both start for Netherlands in their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Blind starts in a defensive midfield anchor role rather than at centre-back where he has been so impressive for Manchester United this season, while Memphis will operate in his standard role on the wing.

Interestingly, there is no place in the team for Robin van Persie whose fall from grace at club and country level has continued.

The Netherlands must win in order to keep their Euro 2016 qualification hopes alive but even getting six points from their last two games doesn’t guarantee a place in the tournament, as they are relying on other results at the same time.

For a team who finished third at the 2014 World Cup, Netherlands are in dire straits at the moment and they’ll need to comfortably beat Kazakhstan in order to gain some confidence.

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