The Manchester United midfielder was named in Frank de Boer’s initial 26-man party for the tournament but did not feature in either of the Netherlands’ warm-up games with Scotland and Georgia and officially pulled out of the squad due to a groin injury on Tuesday morning.
Van de Beek will have been desperate to prove himself in the wake of a miserable debut year in England and the 24-year-old must now concentrate on his recovery to ensure he begins United’s pre-season schedule with a clean bill of health.
Netherlands head coach De Boer has confirmed he will not be calling up a replacement for the former Ajax man.
‘As you may have already learned, I unfortunately had to leave the team due to a groin injury,’ Van de Beek told his 2.2 million followers in a short video on Instagram.
‘A big disappointment, especially because it would be my first European Championship and unfortunately I can’t be there now.
‘I want to thank you for all the sweet messages I have received, it means a lot to me.
‘I want to wish the players, the staff, and last but not least the fans a great European Championship.’
Van de Beek was flooded with messages of support following the news of his withdrawal from the squad, with United team-mates Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes among those to reach out with a few kind words.
Rashford tweeted: ‘[heartbreak emoji] sorry mate @Donny_beek6 take some time for yourself and keep your head high.’
‘Gutted for you mate @Donny_beek6 but you’ll come back stronger,’ Fernandes, the Red Devils’ Player of the Year, said.
‘Still many Euros and World Cups ahead of you.’
Netherlands were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland before securing a comfortable 3-0 victory over Georgia in preparation for the tournament.
They open their campaign against Ukraine on home soil at Amerstam’s Johan Cruyff Arena on Sunday night.
The Dutch – currently ranked 16th in the world – are also joined in Group C by Austria and North Macedonia.
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