Jasper Cillessen surprise omission as Louis van Gaal named the Netherlands’ World Cup squad
Veteran goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was a shocking omission for the Netherlands’ Globalism The Trophy squad was announced by coach Louis van Gaal on Friday.
The Dutch Football Association announced that Cillessen, 33, who returned to his old club NEC Nijmegen from Valencia in August to improve his chances of selection, has been dropped in favor of Feyenoord’s Justin Bigelow, Ajax’s Remko Pasveer and the surprise signing of Heerenveen’s Anders Noppert. statement.
Meanwhile, speaking directly, Van Gaal said star striker Memphis Depay has not yet recovered from injury and is unlikely to be in the starting line-up.
Cillessen, who made his debut for Oranje in 2013, also featured in the team that finished third at the 2014 World Cup under Van Gaal, nicknamed the ‘Iron Tulip’ for his no-nonsense management style.
“I don’t know if you’ve watched any of Cillessen’s matches. He hasn’t been in good shape over the past few weeks. The World Cup is now,” Van Gaal told reporters at a news conference at KNVB headquarters in Zeist.
In total, Cillessen made 63 appearances for his country and was also in the training squad ahead of last year’s European Championships – but was then dropped in favor of another veteran player Martin Stekelenburg after contracting Covid-19.
Dutch media reported that Cillessen “exploded with rage” after learning he was not in the squad, having told Voetbal International in an interview in October that he “hoped to be on the plane to Qatar”.
“It is logical that he is disappointed. It is logical and everyone reacts in their own way. Yes, it may be difficult, but that is just the way it is,” said Van Gaal when asked about Cillessen’s omission.
But he did praise the goalkeeper, saying he was always a “hard worker” and that he had “tears in his eyes” for some of the players who didn’t make the loss.
Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Steven Bergwijn, Steven Bergwijn and Cody Jacobo are all expected to play crucial roles for a team that failed to qualify for Russia four years ago.
But Van Gaal said Depay, who has been plagued by injury since the Netherlands played Poland in a Nations League match in September, has not yet recovered.
“Memphis Depay is still injured, or he hasn’t recovered yet. He will come on as a substitute but definitely not start,” Van Gaal said.
“It’s already against my vision (to include him), but Memphis has been very important to this group, not only as a football player but also as a human being. So yeah, I left an open space for him.”
The Netherlands begins its Group A campaign against Senegal on November 21, then plays Ecuador four days later and hosts Qatar on November 29.
Goalkeepers: Justin Bigelow (Feyenoord), Remko Pasvir (Ajax), Anders Neupert (Heerenveen)
Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester City/England), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/England), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich/Germany), Jourian Timber (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan/Italy), Daley Blind (Ajax), Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan/Italy), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United/England), Jeremy Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany)
Midfielders: Steffen Berges (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona/Spain), Theon Kopemeners (Atalanta/ETA), Davy Claassen (Ajax), Martin de Roon (Atalanta/ETA), Xavi Simons (PSV Eindhoven), Kenneth Taylor ( ajax).
Attackers: Steffen Bergwijn (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Barcelona/Spain), Cody Gakbo (PSV Eindhoven), Vincent Jansen (Royal Antwerp/Belarus), Luuk de Jong (BSV Eindhoven), Wott Wieghorst (Besiktas/Tours), Noah Lang (The Club). Bruges/Bell)
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