PSG: Wijnaldum absent from Netherlands selection for League of Nations

Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal did not retain Georginio Wijnaldum for four days of League of Nations scheduled for early June. The 31-year-old Paris midfielder is paying for his replacement position in Paris.

Georginio Wijnaldum ended up paying for his unsuccessful season. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was not called up to the Dutch national team on Friday for UEFA Nations League matches due in early June. Louis van Gaal, however, has communicated an exhaustive and provisional list of 30 names.

Van Gaal explains his position with PSG

On a sporting level, Wijnaldum’s many recent disappointing matches easily explain this choice. Mauricio Pochettino gave him only 12 minutes in the last Ligue 1 match against Troyes, and mostly left him on the bench in the last two League matches (against Lens and Strasbourg). The Paris coach also did without him during two setbacks against Real Madrid in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

This non-selection of Wijnaldum is nonetheless a small surprise, from the standpoint of its history with Oranje. At 31 years old, Parisian has made 86 appearances with the national team jersey since the start of his career. In March, after spending a full game on the bench (against Denmark), he was given 45 minutes against Germany.

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“Since our last games in March, Guinea’s position at their club hasn’t changed much, unfortunately. So I am forced to make other choices, however difficult and sorry they may be for me”, Explained by Louis Van Gaal, who preferred to retain Gus Till (Fénoord, 4 caps) and Tune Koopminers (Atlanta, 5 caps).

As part of the new Nations League campaign, which will run until the summer of 2023, the Dutch selection will travel to Belgium (03/06) and Wales (08/06) before receiving and playing Poland (11/06). Return match against Welsh (14/06).

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