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Vincent Janssen Not Included In Netherlands’ Squad For World Cup Qualifier Against Bulgaria

Striker Vincent Janssen was left out of the squad to travel to Sofia on Friday for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria due to illness.

Janssen already skipped Thursday’s training due to flu and has now left the Dutch training camp. The forward was the main candidate to play as a central striker on Saturday in Sofia, but head coach Danny Blind will now probably opt for Sporting striker Bas Dost instead.

Earlier this week AS midfielder Kevin Strootman also suffered from the flu, but he recovered well enough to travel with the squad to Bulgaria on Friday. The squad of 24 players also includes the likes of, among others, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Memphis Depay and 17-year-old debutant Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax.

The Netherlands need a win on Saturday at the Vasil Levski Stadium to maintain the second place in 2018 World Cup European zone qualifying Group A and to remain in contention in the first place. Group leaders play away against Luxembourg on Saturday, while number three Sweden host Belarus. The nine winners of each European group will qualify for the World Cup, while the eight best runners-up will advance to the playoffs. Enditem⁠⁠⁠⁠

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(With Input From Xinhua)

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