Memphis Depay explains why he deserves to be included in the Netherlands squad

by Leo Nieboer

Memphis Depay insists he deserves to be in the Dutch national side for World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France.

The 21-year-old was left out of Danny Blind’s first Netherlands side back in early September after failing to secure a spot in the starting XI under Jose Mourinho.

However, injuries to Feyenoord winger Steven Berghuis and PSV Eindhoven’s Siem de Jong have presented Memphis with a surprise chance to impress on the international stage.

Speaking ahead of the Oranje’s game with Albania on Friday, Memphis made it clear that he merits a place in Blind’s side.

“The coach is not going to go to Manchester to see how I train,” he said.

“And I do not play much, so he does not know how I’m going.

“You know, I’m comfortable in my skin. But I have to play. Now people do not see me, they might think I’m out of practice.

“That is not true. I am confident that it will be fine. That’s good for my career, but also for Oranje. I am worthy of the Dutch team. I believe I can make my contribution here.”

Much like Wayne Rooney and Matteo Darmian, both recently omitted from Mourinho starting XI, Memphis has a chance to rediscover some much-needed confidence during this international break. A strong performance, a goal, or perhaps something as simple as a sumptuous piece of skill could be enough to galvanise the Dutchman.

He is, of course, a supremely talented winger. His last season with PSV Eindhoven – a one man assault on Eredivisie glory – was truly special, and United fans have seen the occasional glimpse of what Memphis can do.

On the flip-side, though, Memphis – like most young wingers – is a temperamental, slightly mercurial individual as well. He needs the full backing of the manager, the conviction that he – and he alone – is the heartbeat of this team. And most importantly, he needs confidence – something that United fans will hope the Dutchman rediscovers during the international break.

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