Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


Preview: Netherlands v France

Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder wants the team's new generation to showcase their qualities in Friday's friendly against France

  • Published:

Wesley Sneijder has called on Netherlands' new generation to step up as they start their preparation for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a friendly against France on Friday.

The Dutch have said farewell to high-profile names such as Robin van Persie, Nigel de Jong and Rafael van der Vaart following their failure to qualify for Euro 2016, with head coach Danny Blind calling up a number of inexperienced youngsters for the upcoming friendlies instead.

Sneijder sees similarities to what happened with Belgium in recent years and hopes the Dutch can also bounce back in the years to come.

"I am comparing our situation to that of Belgium. They had a good generation as well and then nothing for a while," Sneijder told NOS.

"They had to rejuvenate their squad and the same thing is happening with us now. We have a lot of new and young players with plenty of quality. Belgium are reaping the rewards now. It will be the same for us in two years' time. That's when the youngsters will have to step up.

"I feel a certain responsibility now, absolutely. I want to be visiting a major tournament in about eight years or so and see Netherlands win it. I will then have played my part in it as well."

Rick Karsdorp, Timo Letschert and Vincent Janssen could all make their Netherlands debuts in Amsterdam, while Riechedly Bazoer has only one cap to his name.

Meanwhile, Euro 2016 hosts France have other problems ahead of the tournament as they are still without Karim Benzema.

The Real Madrid man was suspended following his role in an extortion case involving international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena and consequently remains unavailable.

Coach Didier Deschamps also opted to leave Valbuena out of his squad for their Dutch test, although the Lyon man's absence is down to fitness issues.

The France boss did include Leicester City star N'Golo Kante in his squad, with the midfielder the only outfield player who could make his debut.

France and Netherlands have locked horns on 23 occasions, with the Dutch emerging victorious 10 times against the French's nine wins, the four remaining fixtures ending all square.

They last met in March 2014, when France recorded a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Benzema and Blaise Matuidi.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 #MourinhoOut Man United fan starts GoFundMe to raise £12 million for...bullet
2 Photos Countryman Songo gets Doctorate Degreebullet
3 Football 'We made incredible mistakes': Mourinho fumes as United crashbullet
4 Brazil Legendary Ronaldinho pays glowing tribute to Kofi Annanbullet
5 Ghanaian Players Abroad Thomas Partey sets record in Super Cupbullet
6 La Liga Real Madrid experience worst attendance in ten years...bullet
7 Football FIFA made a mistake awarding Messi the Golden Ball-...bullet
8 Afcon Qualifier Ayews, Asamoah Gyan dropped from Black...bullet
9 Trolls The look on Man United’s Vice-Chairman, Ed...bullet
10 Football 'Ronaldo got a bullseye,' jokes knocked out...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Kevin-Prince Boateng launches rap career ahead of Serie A campaignbullet
2 Anas Aremeyaw Anas finally takes off beads on TVbullet
3 Watch Kwadwo Asamoah's wonderful assist as Inter pip Atleticobullet
4 Video Andre Ayew jams to Kwami Eugene’s hit songbullet
5 Video Shatta Wale displays great football skills that would...bullet
6 Seedorf and Kluivert unveiled as the new Cameroon coachesbullet
7 Video Sulley Muntari cooks for wife Menayebullet
8 Back to the Roots Memphis Depay dancing ‘adobe’ in Cape Coastbullet
9 Ghost Goal Italian referee shows remorse for disallowing...bullet
10 Video Watch the highlights of new Black Stars wonder kidbullet

Football