|Nickname(s)||Jong Oranje (Young Orange)|
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond|
|Head coach||Erwin van de Looi|
|Most caps||Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)|
|Top scorer||Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)|
|Home stadium||De Vijverberg (12,600)|
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1988 )|
|Best result||Winner (2006, 2007)|
The Netherlands national under-21 football team is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.
Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. For this reason, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.
In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay and Arnold Jan Bruggink, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to eighteen goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their title by winning the 2007 European Under-21 Championship in the final against Serbia with 4–1. Maceo Rigters was the top scorer of the competition with four goals and Royston Drenthe was the Player of the Tournament. The win meant that the Netherlands qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team failed to qualify for the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, after losing out to Switzerland in their final qualifying match.
The Netherlands were randomly chosen to play cards Bulgaria for the title in a one-off match in Sofia, which the Netherlands lost.
|1978||Did not enter|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|1986||Did not qualify|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|2015||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2019||Did not qualify|
|Summer Olympic record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
Players born in or after 1998 are eligible for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship from 31 May 2021.
Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.
Caps and goals updated as 3 June 2021. Clubs updated as of 3 June 2021
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Kjell Scherpen||23 January 2000 (aged 21)||8||0||Ajax|
|3||DF||Perr Schuurs||26 November 1999 (aged 21)||17||2||Ajax|
|4||DF||Sven Botman||12 January 2000 (aged 21)||7||1||Lille|
|5||DF||Mitchel Bakker||20 June 2000 (aged 20)||10||0||Paris Saint-Germain|
|6||MF||Ferdi Kadıoğlu||7 October 1999 (aged 21)||18||1||Fenerbahçe|
|7||FW||Justin Kluivert||5 May 1999 (aged 21)||20||5||Nice|
|9||FW||Myron Boadu||14 January 2001 (aged 20)||12||11||AZ|
|10||MF||Dani de Wit||28 January 1998 (aged 23)||17||11||AZ|
|12||DF||Jordan Teze||30 September 1999 (aged 21)||10||0||PSV Eindhoven|
|13||DF||Danilho Doekhi||30 June 1998 (aged 22)||5||0||Vitesse|
|15||DF||Tyrell Malacia||17 August 1999 (aged 21)||7||0||Feyenoord|
|16||GK||Justin Bijlow||22 January 1998 (aged 23)||13||0||Feyenoord|
|17||MF||Jurgen Ekkelenkamp||5 April 2000 (aged 20)||5||3||Ajax|
|19||FW||Brian Brobbey||1 February 2002 (aged 19)||3||1||Ajax|
|20||MF||Abdou Harroui||13 January 1998 (aged 23)||13||1||Sparta Rotterdam|
|21||FW||Javairô Dilrosun||22 June 1998 (aged 22)||12||2||Hertha BSC|
|23||GK||Maarten Paes||14 May 1998 (aged 22)||6||0||Utrecht|
|FW||Calvin Stengs||18 December 1998 (aged 22)||7||3||AZ|
|DF||Devyne Rensch||18 January 2003 (aged 18)||1||0||Ajax|
|GK||Azor Matusiwa||28 April 1998 (aged 22)||4||0||Groningen|
|FW||Kaj Sierhuis||27 April 1998 (aged 22)||13||9||Reims|
|FW||Mats Knoester||19 November 1998 (aged 22)||0||0||Heracles Almelo|
The following players have previously been called up to the Netherlands under-21 squad in the last year and remain eligible.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Kik Pierie||20 July 2000||0||0||Twente||v. Cyprus, 10 September 2019PRE|
|MF||Mohamed Ihattaren||12 February 2002||0||0||PSV||v. Cyprus, 10 September 2019PRE|
|FW||Myron Boadu||14 January 2001||0||0||AZ||v. Cyprus, 10 September 2019INJ|
INJ Withdrew due to injury.
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