Huntelaar And Memphis Depay Dropped From Netherlands Squad
Blind emphasized that Depay has to get more playing time at his club Manchester United. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was also left out, because Blind prefers Vincent Janssen, Luuk de Jong and Bas Dost as first three strikers.
Just like in the previous internationals this year Robin van Persie was banned for the same reason as Huntelaar. The 21-year-old PSV midfielder Jorrit Hendrix debutes in the squad.
The Dutch national team will play Greece on September 1 in Eindhoven and starts the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign five days later against Sweden in Solna, Sweden.
The Netherlands squad for matches against Greece and Sweden:
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (FC Barcelona), Jeroen Zoet (PSV), Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton)
Defenders: Daley Blind (Manchester United), Jeffrey Bruma (VfL Wolfsburg), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton), Kenny Tete (Ajax), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Ron Vlaar (AZ), Jetro Willems (PSV), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland)
Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Bas Dost (VfL Wolfsburg), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Luciano Narsingh (PSV), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur).