Fenerbahce star Jeremain Lens joins Liverpool star in latest Netherlands national team call-up, Sneijder dropped due to injury
Fenerbahce star Jeremain Lens was the sole call-up to the Netherlands national team squad ahead of Group A World Cup qualification games against Bulgaria and Italy.
Head coach Danny Blind left Galatasaray star Wesley Sneijder out of the team due to injury, meanwhile Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie was left out.
Besiktas winger Ryan Babel did not make the squad either.
Blind did however, name his son Daley Blind, the only Manchester United player to make the squad.
Liverpool star man Gini Wijnaldum was rewarded for his rich vein of form in the Premier League with a call-up and will join Lens in the midfield.
Lens has been Fenerbahce’s best performing player of the season, Sunderland loanee has three goals and 12 assists in all competitions for the Yellow Canaries.
The Netherlands international is currently statistically the second highest rated player in the Turkish league.
Lens returned from mourning the death of his father on Sunday to provide the game winning assist in Fenerbahce’s 1-0 win over Osmanlispor.
Netherlands national team squad:
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Manchester United), Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon), Bas Dost (Sporting CP), Leroy Fer (Swansea City), Wesley Beware (Lazio), Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Rick Karsdorp (Feyenoord), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Tim Krul (AZ), Jeremain Lens (Fenerbahçe), Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City), Davy Pröpper (PSV), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Bart Ramselaar (PSV), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough), Kevin Strootman (AS Roma), Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord), Joël Veltman (Ajax), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord) Michel Vorm (Tottenham Hotspur), Stefan de Vrij (Lazio), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) Jeroen Zoet (PSV)