Louis van Gaal has named his provisional squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The former Manchester United manager was appointed Netherlands boss earlier this month and he’s named his first squad since returning to the position.
Van Gaal’s side will face Norway, Montenegro and Turkey in their upcoming fixtures.
However, on Friday, Van Gaal named his squad for the matches with Donny van de Beek omitted.
The Manchester United midfielder probably expected his omission since he doesn’t play regular enough football — and hasn’t for the past year. You need to warrant your place in the Netherlands squad because there is always competition for places.
Van Gaal said it himself after announcing the squad — that Van de Beek needs to play more if he wants to be back in the national side.
“I called Donny van de Beek yesterday,” Van Gaal said, as per Manchester Evening News. “I told him that he needs to start playing games.”
The former Ajax midfielder has every chance now with Scott McTominay needing surgery on a groin injury, and you’d hope to see the manager find a system that works in the middle of the pitch because Nemanja Matic and Fred were really poor last weekend against Southampton.