Netherlands boss Danny Blind has downplayed rumours of a training ground bust up between Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay.

  • By Michael Bell

Robin+Van+Persie+Memphis+Depay+Netherlands+ghVdDL3wcN7lRumours on Monday suggested the pair had a row during training before the win over Kazakhstan, which resulted in coach Danny Blind dropping Robin van Persie to the bench.

However Blind has dismissed this and told a press conference that he left Van Persie out after not believing the striker was 100% fit.

Blind said, “We have discussed what happened, but that had nothing to do with my decision,”

“I felt that he was not fit enough to start. I think that’s down to the fact that he has not played without pain for quite a while.

“He is pain free now and feels 100 per cent. But I want him to be fit enough to play the full 90 minutes. That’s why I did not play him as support striker against Kazakhstan.

“He is fit enough for the match against Czech Republic, but I will have to make choices.”

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