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2014 World Cup: Holland name Ghanaian youngster Memphis Depay in provisional squad

Published on: 13 May 2014
Memphis Depay makes Holland's provisional World Cup squad

By Ameenu Shardow

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Netherlands have named a player of Ghanaian origin – Memphis Depay – in their 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The 20-year-old who, plays for Dutch giants PSV, was amongst eight forwards named by coach Luis Van Gaal for the tournament to be staged in Brazil.

Depay who is born to a Ghanaians father and a Dutch mother decided to play for Holland as against his country of origin.

It is however unclear if the Ghana FA made any effort to get the ex Sparta Rotterdam man to feature for the Black Stars.

He can no longer play for Ghana having made his competitive debut for the Oranje last year.

Depay’s call up means he could be lining up against Ghana with the Netherlands in an international friendly to be played on May 31 in Rotterdam.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal unveiled his provisional 30-man squad, with Paris Saint-Germain right-back Gregory Van der Wiel a notable absentee.

Van Gaal has decided against taking a risk with a player who has been suffering with tendinitis in recent weeks.

The absence of the 26-year-old means only eight members of the 30-man squad featured at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when the Netherlands lost to Spain in the final.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defenders John Heitinga and Joris Mathijsen are also missing but Wesley Sneijder is there, despite Van Gaal recently expressing doubts as to the condition of the Galatasaray playmaker.

Seven of the 30-man list come from Dutch championship runners-up Feyenoord.

The Netherlands will come up against reigning world champions Spain, Chile and Australia in Group B in Brazil and will face Spain in their opening game in Salvador on 13 June.

Netherlands squad

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United/ENG), Michel Vorm (Swansea City/ENG), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven)

Defenders: Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem), Daley Blind (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi (all Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (PSV Eindhoven), Joël Veltman (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg/GER), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa/ENG), Stefan De Vrij (Feyenoord)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (Norwich City/ENG), Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea City/ENG), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan/ITA), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray/TUR), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg/GER), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Jean-Paul Boëtius (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04/GER), Dirk Kuijt (Fenerbahce/TUR), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Robin van Persie (Manchester United/ENG), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/GER), Quincy Promes (FC Twente)


This article has 14 comment(s), give your comment
  • lolvsfunny says:
    May 14, 2014 07:41 am
    Congrats! Depay show the world what you are worth*****
  • benny says:
    May 14, 2014 10:12 am
    Jason, l posted my number and gave you a location but you didn't turn up. I would have u a good hiding. Both parents of Danny Welbeck are Ghanaians.Did his parents stop him from playing for England? Adomah can be as humble as a pie but the life mechanics in the west would push him to play for England if he had a chance as for his parents there is nothing they could do . I am not disputing his work rate in the championship but he has not translated that to the black stars. I hope he proves me wrong with his performance for Ghana.
  • lolvsfunny says:
    May 14, 2014 07:36 am
    Masa nobody should blame this guy for choosing Holland. I remember he said he wanted to play for Ghana but Ghana never made a move. People should stop being sarcastic because Ghana was not serious when he made his decision to play. GSN even polished this guy's announcement just about the time KPB was about to return to BS
  • benny says:
    May 14, 2014 05:44 am
    Kwaresey is the only genuine among all the players with eligibility.Depay knows he is good enough for Holland so F''''''''....Ghana. Danny Welbeck, Mad Balotelli all opted not play for Ghana brcsuse there are Good enough for their country of birth. KPB would never play for Ghana if not for the problem with the German FA , time and his form when he opted to play for Ghana. Adomah for instance would never play for Ghana if he was good enough for England. Schlupp case is dicey so no comment. When l mentioned sometime that Schlupp could play for England, some ignorant morons living in Ghana who have no clue of the European rules were making silly ignorant comment remarks. Kwaresey did not deserve the prejudice metted out by that stupid goalkeeper trainer without badge supported by AA. We live to see if the trent will be recapitulated.
  • marshall says:
    May 14, 2014 06:39 am
    Gergino wijnaldum is another Ghanaian in that squad. He changed his name from boateng to wijnaldum.
  • POW@Ghana 4 last 4, Brazil 2014 says:
    May 14, 2014 02:58 am
    HA HAA HAAA, YOU LIE BAD 3hy3 wo nnfe, 3hy3 wo kyia kyia, ahye wo paaaaa kuukuphilly.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 13, 2014 11:33 pm
    let him go we have so much that we don't even know what to do with them...
  • Thomas says:
    May 13, 2014 11:44 pm
    Oooh let him goo becos players are smelling us like a shit..
  • Jason says:
    May 14, 2014 03:32 pm
    @benny i will find you boy. Your number you gave me was bogus. Tell him your real name. And my young gs will deal with you
    May 14, 2014 04:36 pm
    May God In His Mercy Open Your Way To Success May His Infinite Wisdom Guide Your Yams You Will Come Out With The Best Result That Will Lead You To Success Both Now And In The Future Best Of Luck I
  • wee ba says:
    May 14, 2014 10:50 am
    who cares? he can do what pleases him.we would have make him a better player and give him more playing time
  • lolvsfunny says:
    May 14, 2014 07:39 am
    Congrats! Depay show the world what you are wealth
  • Jason says:
    May 14, 2014 09:17 am
    @benny. You are wrong on Adomah. Adomah is african through out. I dont think his parents will let him play for england if he had a chance. The guy is a humble african. I get mad with you coz i ve personally meet the gut before through mutual friends. I honestly dont no why you dont rate him fam. He has moved up ranks by hard wrk. From barnet being thier best player to bristol city where is shined. And now at middlesbrough where he shined scoring 12 goals n 6 assist. Come on my nigga. If you truelly say you from england you should now the championship aint no easy league. Its not predictable. He could have signed for palace but he didnt.
  • mahndus says:
    July 06, 2014 12:14 pm
    Why they said he s origin Ghanaian, hes origin Dutch as he s Ghanaian. .he was born in Netherlands, his mom is Dutch. ..his dad is Ghanaian so that make him more Ghanaian than a dutch! pls lets be serious. why he wanna play with a country that doesn't pays it s players on time...and they will never gonna reach a world cup semi final