Koeman's keeper hint

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Ronald Koeman has stated that he will hand keeper Maarten Stekelenburg a place in the team if it will aid his chances of making the trip to Euro 2004.

Holland coach Dick Advocaat has indicated that the third choice goalkeeping slot for Portugal lies between Stekelenburg and Real Sociedad shot-stopper Sander Westerveld.

Advocaat is clearly taken by the talents of promising youngster Stekelenburg, but his prospects could be hampered by him not playing on a regular basis for Ajax.

Bogdan Lobont is the number one in Amsterdam, but the Romanian could be asked to step down for the final couple of games of the season.

Ajax could tie up the title in their next match and Koeman has confirmed he may hand Stekelenburg the starting berth for the final two games of the season if the Eredivisie crown is clinched at Zwolle.

"If Advocaat indicates that he wants to take him to Portugal, I am prepared to think about it," said Koeman.

"But first we have to secure the championship."