Frank de Boer has given his reasons for why Kevin Strootman has been dropped from the Netherlands squad.

Strootman has been a regular in the Netherlands squad for years, mainly due to his influence off the pitch.

However, Strootman was missing when De Boer announced his squad for the November matches against Spain, Poland, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Speaking to the Ons Oranje website, De Boer said, “Besides being a fantastic person, he is also an important person in the player group. I also attach great importance to that. Football is always leading, but there are more things to consider. He plays an important role, so let’s hope his situation changes.

“His situation at Marseille is not really rosy. I don’t think he is satisfied that he may have played a total of one half in ten games. That is not good for the Dutch national team, but certainly not good for him either.”

De Boer does not rule out a recall for the midfielder if he does get regular playing time, “I have said that choose others right now. But that doesn’t mean I lose sight of him. I hope that the situation will change and then he will naturally come back into the picture.”

Strootman has 46 caps for the Dutch national team, but the 30-year-old has only made a handful of appearances for Marseille this season.

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