Bologna's Joshua Zirkzee heads the ball during the Serie A...

Bologna's Joshua Zirkzee heads the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Bologna at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, May 11 , 2024. Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has called up Joshua Zirkzee to complete his 26-man squad for the European Championship to fill a gap created when midfielder Teun Koopmeiners was cut earlier this week after suffering a groin injury. Credit: AP/Alessandro Garofalo

DORTMUND, Germany — One of the players was on a boat on a Greek island. The other was in Disney World in Florida.

Yet neither Ian Maatsen nor Joshua Zirkzee had any hesitation answering the emergency call from the Netherlands at the European Championship.

“It’s a childhood dream to be here — it’s definitely worth the return trip,” said Maatsen, the left back who was on vacation in Mykonos with his girlfriend when he was summoned by Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman to replace Frenkie de Jong.

“I suddenly received a call,” he added on Thursday. “And I just had to pack my stuff as quickly as possible and come.”

Maatsen was on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Chelsea in the recently completed season and helped the German club reach the Champions League final, where it lost to Real Madrid on June 1.

He was named in UEFA’s Champions League team of the season and will give Koeman an extra option on the left flank, where he is set to challenge Daley Blind for a starting spot.

“I did enjoy my holiday and processed everything well, including the disappointment of the Champions League final,” he said.

Real Madrid's Federico Valverde, right, challenges for the ball with...

Real Madrid's Federico Valverde, right, challenges for the ball with Dortmund's Ian Maatsen during the Champions League final soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, June 1, 2024. Credit: AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth

As for Zirkzee, he cut short his postseason vacation in Florida to head to the Netherlands’ base in Wolfsburg after another striker in the squad, Brian Brobbey, hurt a hamstring in training.

After hearing of his call-up, Bologna forward Zirkzee posted a photo of himself smiling broadly on Instagram with the text: “When you get the call to leave Disney for the Euros.”

Zirkzee has never played an international for the Netherlands’ senior team. He joined the Bayern Munich youth academy and played a handful of games for the German powerhouse before moving on loan to Parma then Anderlecht before signing for Bologna in 2022.

The Netherlands opens its Euro 2024 campaign on Sunday against Poland in Hamburg.

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