Goran Pandev: Not for the first time, Macedonia’s star player ends his international career, on the occasion of his 122nd cap. One suspects his team-mates will do everything in their power to send him on his way with another goal under his belt.
“I can only say one big thank you, above all to Goran Pandev, the best football player in the history of North Macedonia,” said his manager Igor Angelovski, who may also be overseeing his final game for his country. “I am happy to have worked with such a great captain and person. We will give everything against the Netherlands. I don’t like talking about the future because until my last day, I will work as hard as I can.”
Early team news
Both managers are likely to shuffle their packs for what is ostensibly a dead rubber, with Netherlands manager Frank De Boer likely to make wholesale changes. It would be a huge surprise to see Marten de Roon start for the Netherlands, as he is just one booking away from being suspended for the Round of 16. Ajax holding midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, 19, could start in his place.
Group C: North Macedonia v Netherlands
The Amsterdam Arena is the venue for a match between hosts who have already guaranteed their progress to the last 16 and visitors who can’t qualify for the next round, whatever the outcome this evening.
Having lost both their opening games, North Macedonia will be hoping to go out with a bang rather than a whimper, while the Netherlands have guaranteed themselves top spot in the group and a Round of 16 match against an as yet unidentified third placed qualifier. Kick-off in Amsterdam is at 5pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.
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