Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna will miss today’s friendly against Holland in Amsterdam as manager Didier Deschamps have decided to rest them.
The former Marseille manager reckons that both players have been involved in too many games for their various club and it will be best if the sit out this evening’s match.
However, the Premier League duo are joined on the rest list by Crystal Palace Yohan Cabaye and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman after the manager assessed his players in training but all four players are likely to return to action against Russia on Tuesday in Paris.
Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is expected to start today against the Netherlands while Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi will take the captain’s armband.
Ahead of the game Wesley Sneijder has called on Netherlands’ new generation to step up.
“I am comparing our situation to that of Belgium. They had a good generation as well and then nothing for a while,” Sneijder told NOS.
“They had to rejuvenate their squad and the same thing is happening with us now. We have a lot of new and young players with plenty of quality. Belgium are reaping the rewards now. It will be the same for us in two years’ time. That’s when the youngsters will have to step up.
“I feel a certain responsibility now, absolutely. I want to be visiting a major tournament in about eight years or so and see Netherlands win it. I will then have played my part in it as well.”