Netherlands legend Willem van Hanegem believes AZ Alkmaar’s Dutch talents deserve a chance in the Oranje squad.

AZ have made a strong start to the season and currently sit third and only one point behind Ajax and PSV.

Dutch youngsters Teun Koopmeiners, Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu are all excelling so far but all three were missing from Ronald Koeman’s provisional Netherlands squad for the upcoming Euro qualifiers with Northern Ireland and Belarus.

Writing in his column for AD, Van Hanegem said, “AZ plays much better, and does achieve a fairly constant level.

“I think it would make sense if Calvin Stengs, Myron Boadu or Teun Koopmeiners were given a chance in the Oranje squad.”

Van Hanegem also calls for Kevin Strootman to be dropped and even ventured a reason for Koeman’s decision to not call up AZ’s talents, “I want the best for a boy like Kevin Strootman, but he never plays. Why not give the youth a chance with a view to the future? Surely it won’t be that Ronald Koeman is still bothered that he was fired at AZ? I can hardly imagine it. ”




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