Ex-Tottenham star Vincent Janssen selected for Netherlands World Cup squad, as Louis van Gaal leaves out Man United man Donny van de Beek and top rated talent Ryan Gravenberch

    Louis van Gaal has named his squad for the World Cup – and there’s no room for Premier League stars Sven Botman or Donny van de Beek.

    Former Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen has received a call-up, though, after earning a return to the national team set-up this year.

    Van Gaal has left out some of his country’s in-form stars of his squad for Qatar

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    Van Gaal has left out some of his country’s in-form stars of his squad for Qatar

    Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has been given the nod, whilst PSV’s Xavi Simons was also selected after impressing in the Eredivisie.

    Simons has been preferred to Manchester United midfielder Van de Beek, who has been struggling with injuries and game time at Old Trafford this season.

    Janssen has also been given a call-up. The Antwerp star earned his first cap for his country back in 2016 and scored his first international goal against England in a friendly.

    He then went on to fell out of favour in the Dutch team and didn’t make the cut for the Euros last year.

    This season, though, the 28-year-old has been in form for his club, scoring eight goals in 22 games this season – earning him a spot on the plane to Qatar.

    Meanwhile, Van Gaal has opted to leave out in-form Newcastle centre-back Sven Botman and Bayern Munich starlet Ryan Gravenberch, 20.

    Janssen had a tough times at Spurs – now he’s heading to Qatar

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    Janssen had a tough times at Spurs – now he’s heading to Qatar

    Despite being a rock at the back in an impressive Premier League campaign for the Magpies, Botman won’t be joining his club teammates and England stars Kieran Trippier, Nick Pope and Callum Wilson in Qatar.

    Gravenberch will also be staying at home, despite the midfielder having 11 international senior caps to his name and impressing in the Bundesliga.

    When asked about some of the surprise omissions from his World Cup squad, Van Gaal gave a rather… interesting response.

    “I called the players who I didn’t include from 8:30 until 10:00am,” he said.

    Botman – who signed from Lille this summer – was named in the preliminary squad, but didn’t make the final cut

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    Botman – who signed from Lille this summer – was named in the preliminary squad, but didn’t make the final cut

    “I saw players naked, still laying in bed this morning while I had to call them.”

    The Netherlands being their World Cup campaign against AFCON champions Senegal in Group A on Monday 21 November.

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