Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen ‘exploded with anger’ after being axed from World Cup squad

    Jasper Cillessen has not been included in Netherlands' World Cup squad
    Jasper Cillessen has not been included in Netherlands’ World Cup squad (ANP via Getty)

    Jasper Cillessen has been axed from Netherlands’ squad for their World Cup campaign, according to reports.

    The 33-year-old is one of Netherlands’ most experienced players in the squad having made 63 appearances for the national side.

    Cillessen was Netherlands’ first-choice goalkeeper under Louis van Gaal at the World Cup in 2014 and was expected to be part of the squad for their Euro 2020 campaign last year before he was forced to withdraw due to testing positive for coronavirus.

    But according to AD and De Telegraaf, Cillessen has not been included by Van Gaal for Netherlands’ World Cup run in Qatar which begins later this month.

    Reports claim that Cillessen, who now plays for Dutch club NEC in the Eredivisie, is furious with the decision and ‘exploded with anger’ when he was informed on Friday morning.

    (FILES) In this file photo taken on March 25, 2022, Netherlands' National football team coach Louis van Gaal speaks during a press conference on KNVB Campus in Zeist ahead of the friendly matches against Denmark and Germany. - Louis van Gaal suffers from cancer, as reported by media on April 3, 2022. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
    Louis van Gaal will reveal his Netherlands World Cup squad on Friday (AFP via Getty)

    Netherlands’ World Cup run begins against Senegal on November 21, while they will also play tournament hosts Qatar and Ecuador in Group A.

    Van Gaal is due to announce his final World Cup squad on Friday.

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