His father told Mexican media last week that Santiago Jimenez himself still trusted him, but that hopes were in vain. Feyenoord striker will not go with his country to the World Cup in Qatar. Therefore, the number of foreign World Cup players from the Eredivisie remains seven.
Mexico national team coach Gerardo Martino was one of the last nations to contest his final selection yesterday, just before the deadline. It is not Jimenez’s fault that he was not selected in the Eredivisie, because the coach will take Ajax players Edson Alvarez and Jorge Sanchez, just like PSV Eindhoven’s Eric Gutierrez.
Martino, after Louis van Gaal – twelve players – is the coach who relies heavily on players from the Eredivisie. He also brought with him former PSV Eindhoven players Hector Moreno, Andres Guardado and Hirving Lozano.
Nineteen players in the Dutch league
The total number of 19 Eredivisie players who now go to the World Cup is slightly more than the fifteen who participated in the World Cup in Russia, but the Netherlands itself was missing. Four years before that, the Orange team existed, then a total of twenty players made a living here. In South Africa in 2010, the number was 33.
There could have been more now, but Jimenez isn’t the only one who has to swallow the disappointment. For example, the six goals for Groningen scored by Ricardo Pepe were not enough to convince the US national coach Greg Berhalter.
Poland internationals Kasper Kozlowski (Vitesse) and Paul Bosniewicz (Heerenveen) can simply begin their long preparation for the second half of the season at their clubs. Just like AZ players Yukinari Sugawara, who currently faces one cap for Japan, and Zinho Vanheusden, the injury-stricken Belgian.
The foreign Eredivisie players that go, this time they all come from the top 3 traditional players. Feyenoord coach Arne Slot did not have to dispense with goalkeeper Justin Bello, Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Iran) and Sebastian Simanski (Poland). Ajax players Muhammed Kudus (Ghana) and captain Dusan Tadic (Serbia) will have to monitor whether Alfred Schroeder is still their coach when they return.
Morocco stands out among the Dutch with dual citizenship. National coach Walid Rekraki, who was appointed in August, will take four Dutch Moroccans to Qatar. His arrival made it possible for former Ajax player Hakim Ziyech to be admired in Qatar. The Chelsea player has always been at odds with Rygraki’s predecessor Vahid Halilhodzic.
The Dronten resident can speak Dutch with Fiorentina-born Soufiane Amrabet, born in Blaricum, Bayern Munich player Nassir Mazraoui (Lederdorp) and Rotterdamer Zakaria Aboukhalil, who replaced AZ with Toulouse this summer. If they’re still playing against the US, they can have a chat with Sergino Dest, an Almere-born half-American handpicked by Berhalter.
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