Euro 2024: Where did Denzel Dumfries get his name from – and is there any Scottish link?

Denzel Dumfries of the Netherlands in a promotional photo ahead of Euro 2024.
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So where does Denzel Dumfries get his name from? The Dutch star first caught our attention at Euro 2020 but is back with a burst of energy at Euro 2024.

Let’s get the easy bit out of the way first: he was named after Denzel Washington, the multiple Oscar-winning actor. But what about the Dumfries bit, which has understandably caused some interest in Britain?

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.