Euro 2024: Memphis Depay Shines in Netherlands’ Return

Memphis Depay made a triumphant return to the Netherlands national team after a year-long absence and multiple injuries, scoring a goal against Canada on Thursday. The forward, who is set to leave Atletico Madrid this summer for an unknown destination, expressed his readiness and fitness for Euro 2024, stating that the Oranje must approach the tournament with a winning mentality.

During the match at the Kuip in Rotterdam, Depay wore a wide white headband reminiscent of a tennis player and celebrated his goal in the 50th minute with a dance alongside Jeremie Frimpong, who provided the assist. The dance, described as Ghanaian, symbolized a breakthrough for Depay, who had not scored for the national team since March 2023.

With 45 international goals to his name, Depay is now just five goals away from surpassing Robin van Persie as the all-time leading scorer for the Netherlands. His evident technical understanding with Frimpong hints at a promising partnership in the upcoming Euro, as acknowledged by coach Ronald Koeman.

Despite his recent injury struggles, Depay remains optimistic about his form and prospects for the tournament. The 30-year-old emphasized the importance of playing minutes to regain his rhythm and expressed satisfaction with his progress in recent training sessions.

Speculation surrounds Depay’s future destination, with potential interest from English and French clubs. However, the player remains focused on the upcoming Euro fixtures against Poland, France, and Austria before addressing any transfer decisions post-tournament.