Keeper tackles Van Basten over selection
16 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has questioned the team selection by Dutch coach Marco van Basten for the soccer friendly against Ireland on Wednesday.
16 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has questioned the team selection by Dutch coach Marco van Basten for the soccer friendly against Ireland on Wednesday.
Van der Sar indicated that as far as he is concerned, FC Barcelona's Mark van Bommel and Ruud van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid should be in the team. Van Basten has instead opted to go with 23-year-old Ajax striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Veteran goalkeeper Van der Sar voiced his concerns about the selection during an interview with NOS Studio Sport on Tuesday. "I was amazed that they are not included. I had expected Van Basten would call them up." The issue was first discussed by the team with Van Basten in private.
Van der Sar's comments come two weeks after his decision to extend his international career. He considered retiring from the Dutch side following the World Cup in Germany this summer but chose to stay on, partly at Van Basten's urging.
Irish team manager Steve Staunton has also been in the wars in the lead up to the friendly against the Netherlands.
A man, 31, has been arrested after he allegedly pointed an imitation Uzi sub-machine gun at Staunton's head as the team was returning to its hotel on Monday night from a training session.
The suspect, who is believed to have a history of psychiatric problems, later apologised to Staunton through the gardai (Irish police). The imitation weapon has not been recovered despite searches around Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, the Irish Independent reported.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news