Manchester United appeared to have been dealt another injury blow after midfielder Daley Blind suffered suspected torn knee ligaments
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Patrick van Aanholt believes playing in the Eredivisie again this season will enhance his chances of making the Holland squad for the World Cup.
– Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt speaking to AD
I want to go to the World Cup, that's why I did not consider going to an English club.
At Vitesse it will be better for my image with the coach (Van Gaal).
I don't know what my standing is with him but it is clear that if you perform you are rewarded with a chance.
Holland won the qualifier against Cyprus 8-0 in Rotterdam, but the result was eventually annulled after the Cyrpus goalkeeper Andreas Charitou was struck by an object thrown from the crow. The home side went on to win the rearranged game 4-0.
Spain saw off Netherlands in the Under-21 European Championships, thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata, Manchester City target Isco and a last-minute strike from Alvaro Vasquez.
The Spaniards will now face Norway in the semi-finals.
– Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder speaking to
Let's hope that in 2014 we end up with the cup, then it will been the right choice for him [Van Gaal] to leave.
It is a pity if you look at the discipline in the team and how everyone is doing. We're taking a different path.
You're trying to create (something) with the Dutch national team. Of course it's hard, because you know that coaches come and go in football.
Happy big 4-0 to Dutch master Marc 'Roadrunner' Overmars, who graced the flanks at Highbury for a good three years before quitting north London to play for Barcelona. Overmars is currently Director of Football at Ajax.