Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has explained why he decided to omit PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn from his squad to face Peru and France.

Bergwijn has started the season in fine form for PSV, who have qualified for the Champions League and sit top of the Eredivisie, with the winger contributing four goals.

However, Bergwijn was dropped from the Netherlands squad and will instead play for the U21’s in their European Championship qualifiers against England and Scotland. Speaking at his press conference on Monday, Koeman explained that the U21 games were the reason he did not call on Bergwijjn.

He said, “I made the choice not to select Bergwijn and logically the eyebrows are frowning. I would have done that if I did not know why, but I know why. I also called him and Mark van Bommel, so I think I was very clear.

“I have not selected Bergwijn because of the fact that the Dutch Juniors play a very important match against England on Thursday. If that match was not there, I would have selected him. Leading was the Dutch Juniors, they are fighting for their last chance to play at European Championships. It is not the development that the player is going through.”

Kenny Tete has been included in the squad despite not playing a minute for Lyon yet this season, Koeman said, “With a certain idea I am looking at the right back position and find Hans Hateboer and Daryl Janmaat attacking backs and Tete a defensive right back. And I like both in my selection. If Tete does not play after this transfer period, it becomes a problem. I told him that too. “




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