Ghana Hopes Of Capping Depay Set To End As Holland Name Him For Turkey, Hungary Matches
Posted On Sunday, 6th October 2013
Ghana’s hopes of capping explosive Dutch youth teenage striker Memphis Depay looks to have ended after he was called up by Holland for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Turkey.
The uncapped teenager, who was being pursued by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah was called by the Dutch a day after he got a vital goal in the Europa League for PSV Eindhoven.
The 19-year-old, who scored a virtuoso effort at Ukrainian side Chernomorets Odessa on Thursday to revive his club’s hopes in the competition, is one of six changes to the pre-selection coach Louis van Gaal named nine days ago.
Deapy was previously named in preliminary Holland squads but for the first time he has been named in a final squad to play in a World Cup qualifier.
Louis van Gaal has been accused of a rushed call-up for the youngster to prevent Ghana from capping him with the 2014 World Cup approaching.
The Holland has vigorously defended the Depay call up insisting the striker, whose father is Ghanaian has got enough talent to play in the Dutch national team.
“It’s actually too early, he should play for the youth team, but there’s nobody else I like, that’s all,” national coach Louis van Gaal said.
“He’s a player for the future … he’s definitely going to grow.”
Jasper Cillessen of Ajax Amsterdam returns as a back-up goalkeeper in place of the injured Joeren Zoot while Ruben Schaken, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Paul Verhaegh have all been cut.
Cillessen, who won a cap on tour to Asia at the end of last season, is restored a week after winning a place in the Ajax line-up.
The Dutch have already qualified for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, giving Van Gaal a chance to experiment in the matches against Hungary next Friday at the Amsterdam Arena and in Istanbul four days later.
Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV Eindhoven), Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daryl Janmaat (all Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven)
Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Stijn Schaars (PSV Eindhoven), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Kevin Strootman (Roma), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg SV)
Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).