Louis van Gaal names Holland's 26-man World Cup squad for Qatar

Louis van Gaal names Holland’s World Cup squad for Qatar, but finds no room for either on-form Sven Botman or Bayern Munich star Ryan Gravenberch, instead opting for PSV’s rising star Xavi Simons

  • Louis van Gaal has announced the 26-man Holland squad for the World Cup  
  • Newcastle’s on-form centre-back Sven Botman has been omitted from the team
  • There is also no room for Bayern Munich star midfielder Ryan Gravenberch
  • However, van Gaal has made the move to pick PSV’s rising star Xavi Simons 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Louis van Gaal has announced his Holland squad for the World Cup – but found no room for either Sven Botman or Ryan Gravenberch in his 26-man selection.

The Dutch manager is preparing to take his country into Group A, where they will face Senegal, Ecuador and tournament hosts Qatar.

In his 26-man squad, which was announced on Twitter on Friday, van Gaal has chosen to take PSV Eindhoven’s rising star Xavi Simons. At 19-years-old, he has been tipped to be one for the future, and he has been given an early opportunity to show himself on the international stage.

However, van Gaal has opted out of selecting Newcastle United’s in-form centre-back Botman, and Bayern Munich’s midfielder Gravenberch, as reported by De Telegraaf.

Louis van Gaal has named his 26-man Holland squad for the World Cup later this month

PSV’s young star of the future Xavi Simons has been named among the lucky squad members

Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Remko Pasveer (Ajax), Andries Noppert (sc Heerenveen)

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Jurriën Timber (Ajax) Denzel Dumfries (Internazionale),  Stefan de Vrij (Internazionale), Mathijs de Ligt (Bayern München), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona), Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta Bergamo), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Marten de Roon (Atalanta Bergamo), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax), Xavi Simons (PSV)

Forwards: Memphis Depay (FC Barcelona), Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Vincent Janssen (Royal Antwerp FC), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Beşiktaş JK)


Experienced goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who has earned 63 Dutch caps since 2013, also missed out on selection. It’s another international blow for the shotstopper after he missed Euro 2020 due to a Covid-19 diagnosis. 

Dutch site AD said that the decision to leave Cillessen at home made the 33-year-old ‘explode in anger’. 

Botman, who joined Newcastle United from Lille over the summer, has missed out, despite being named in the preliminary squad. The centre-back has represented Holland at youth levels, but not played for the senior side. 

Bayern midfielder Gravenberch, 20, has made 11 appearances for Holland, but just one of those in 2022, and he has missed out due to the fierce competition for places.  

Other absentees from the squad include Brian Brobbey, Guus Til, Micky van de Ven, Devyne Rensch and Mitchel Bakker. 

Ajax’s Rensch misses out on a space in the team, with van Gaal instead opting for Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong at right-back instead. 

However, there is a good number of high profile names in the 26, including Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Bayern Munich’s Mathijs de Ligt and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

Holland’s frontline will be led by Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn among others. 

Van Gaal will hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to explain his squad selection. 

He had previously emailed players to inform them that those who would be disappointed by their omission would be given this information before those who were selected were told.  

The Dutch side will meet on Monday November 14, before travelling to Qatar. Their opening game against Senegal is on Monday November 21.  

Newcastle United centre-back Sven Botman is among those missing out on the trip to Qatar

Bayern’s Ryan Gravenberch was omitted having played just once for Holland so far this year


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