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Louis van Gaal surprised! Netherlands without Gravenberch, Malen and Flekken

With the Bundesliga legionnaires Matthijs de Ligt from record champions Bayern Munich and Jeremie Frimpong from Leverkusen, the national team of the Netherlands will be taking part in the World Cup in Qatar (November 20th to December 18th).

Bond coach Louis van Gaal’s 26-man squad is missing de Ligt’s club-mate Ryan Gravenberch from FC Bayern, Dortmund attacker Donyell Malen and goalkeeper Mark Flekken from SC Freiburg.

For this van Gaal appointed three former Germany legionnaires for the tournament in the desert in Davy Klaassen, Luuk de Jong and Wout Weghorst. The selection of the three-time vice world champion is led by defender Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool FC) and pacemaker Frenkie de Jong from FC Barcelona.

The Dutch start as favorites in preliminary round group A.

Opponents in Qatar are Senegal (November 21), Ecuador (25th) and the hosts’ selection (29th).

The Dutch World Cup squad:

  • Goal: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Remko Pasveer (Ajax Amsterdam), Andries Noppert (SC Heerenveen)
  • defense: Mathijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind, Jurrien Timber (both Ajax Amsterdam), Denzel Dumfries, Stefan de Vrij (both Inter Milan), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United)
  • Midfield/Attack: Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay (both FC Barcelona), Steven Berghuis, Davy Klaassen, Kenneth Taylor, Steven Bergwijn (all Ajax Amsterdam), Teun Koopmeiners, Marten de Roon (both Atalanta Bergamo), Cody Gakpo, Xavi Simons, Luuk de Jong (all PSV Eindhoven), Vincent Janssen (Royal Antwerpen), Noa Lang (FC Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Besiktas Istanbul)


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