Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has left the Netherlands squad attributable to ‘personal reasons’ and won’t play of their ultimate Euro 2020 qualifier towards Estonia on Tuesday.
The centre-back skippered his nation at Windsor Park towards Northern Ireland on Saturday night time, serving to to safe the one level his facet wanted to qualify for subsequent summer season’s match courtesy of a 0-Zero draw.
Although the Netherlands can nonetheless qualify as group winners in the event that they beat Estonia and Germany lose, their ultimate qualifying match has successfully grow to be a lifeless rubber.
And they should play the match with out their captain, with a press release from the Dutch nationwide group confirming he had been given permission to depart the squad early.
The announcement defined: ‘National group coach Ronald Koeman can’t depend on VirgiI van Dijk on Tuesday towards Estonia.
‘The captain of the Dutch national team has to let go of the game due to personal circumstances and has since left the Orange training camp.’
Van Dijk isn’t believed to be injured regardless of managing a number of niggles this season, and performed the full 90 minutes towards Northern Ireland.
The former Southampton defender just lately spoke about his relationship with Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp and credited the German with getting the greatest out of him.
‘I have a very similar connection with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool as I had earlier with Ronald Koeman at Southampton and I still have with Koeman with the national team,’ mentioned Van Dijk final week.
‘Like Koeman, Klopp knows exactly how to get the best out of me – by being critical. When the media are hyping me and being very positive, he will downplay the praise all that – often with a wink.’