In exclusive interviews with Football-Oranje, Dutch internationals Bruno Martins Indi and Erik Pieters revealed they have not heard from Ronald Koeman since he took over as Netherlands boss at the start of the year.

  • by Michael Statham
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Former Feyenoord defender, Martins Indi, has 34 caps to his name but has not been called up to the Netherlands squad since September 2017 and has not played for his country since April 2017’s 5-0 win over Ivory Coast. However, the centre-back was an important part of the Dutch defence during the 2014 World Cup. Meanwhile, ex-PSV left-back Pieters was last called up to add to his 18 Netherlands caps back in 2015.

The pair were relegated with English side Stoke City from the Premier League last season, but have been regular starters in the Championship.

“I’ve been in the World Cup – I’ve seen everything now – but it’s going to be difficult to go to the national team if you play in the Championship,” admitted Martins Indi, “That’s the reality; I need to accept that.”

When asked whether or not he has had any contact with Koeman in the last year, the 26-year-old swiftly responded, “No. No contact.”

Pieters stated, “I always give 100% and I’m there if the manager calls me,” but also told Football-Oranje that he has not spoken with Koeman regarding a call-up.

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