The 17-time international played his last international match five years ago and has been active in Mexico at CF Monterrey for several years. Here, he scored twice in 28 games this season. Rick Karsdorp is also part of the provisional selection. He plays on 25 May with AS Roma against his former club Feyenoord in the final of the Conference League. Van Gaal has no place for Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum situation has not changed
„Unfortunately, little has changed in Gini’s situation at his club since our last two international matches in March. As a result, I am forced to make other choices, no matter how difficult and regrettable I personally find that,” the national coach said. Wijnaldum gets little playing time at Paris Saint-Germain. He has so far played 86 times for the Dutch national team.
Louis van Gaal.
Jordy Clasie is also back in the preselection. The AZ player made his return to Orange in March. The national coach selects only three keepers with Jasper Cillessen, Mark Flek and Tim Krul. Joël Drommel has therefore lost his place. The day before, the national coach already announced that the choice for the keepers was the most difficult.
Practice for World Cup
The Dutch national team opens the Nations League on June 3 with an away game against Belgium. Five days later, a game against Wales is scheduled. The home matches of the Orange against Poland (June 11) and Wales (June 14) will be played in De Kuip. Van Gaal sees the upcoming international match as an important moment in the preparation for the World Cup in Qatar, as there is little time until the opening game against Senegal in November.
The final selection will be announced on Friday 27 May.
The full pre-selection of Orange
Goal: Jasper Cillessen, Mark Fleks, Tim Krul
Defense: Nathan Aké, Daley Blind, Virgil van Dijk, Denzel Dumfries, Hans Hateboer, Rick Karsdorp, Matthijs de Ligt, Tyrell Malacia, Jordan Teze, Jurriën Timber, Stefan de Vrij, Owen Wijndal
Midfield: Guus Til, Marten de Roon, Teun Koopmeiners, Davy Klaassen, Frenkie de Jong, Jordy Clasie
Attack: Steven Berghuis, Steven Bergwijn, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo, Arnaut Danjuma, Vincent Janssen, Luuk de Jong, Noa Lang, Wout Weghorst
Orange does not invest a long training internship for upcoming international matches
Van Gaal does not invest an extensive training period for his internationals in the run-up to the first matches of the Dutch national team in the Nations League. The Orange squad will not gather until May 30 for the away games with Belgium (June 3), Wales (June 8) and home games against Poland (June 11) and Wales (June 14) in De Kuip.
Only Jasper Cillessen, Cody Gakpo and Jordan Teze have come to Zeist before. They will train with the Dutch Juniors on 25, 26 and 27 May. Cillessen gets little playing time at Valencia and PSV will play the last league match against PEC Zwolle on Sunday.
Van Gaal announced a preliminary selection of thirty players for the next four international matches of Orange on Friday. Georginio Wijnaldum is missing from the list because he rarely plays for Paris Saint-Germain. Vincent Janssen and Rick Karsdorp are in the provisional selection. They last played for Orange in 2017.
The last round of the Eredivisie will be completed on Sunday. Feyenoord will play against AS Roma in the final of the Conference League on 25 May. The Ajax selection will stay in Curaçao from 17 to 21 May. Most foreign competitions end later than the Eredivisie.