Memphis Depay and Daley Blind named Netherlands squad

by Leo Nieboer

Memphis Depay and Daley Blind have been named in the Netherlands squad for the upcoming November international break.

Danny Blind’s side will host Belgium for a friendly on November 9th before travelling to Luxembourg for a World Cup qualifier on the 13th.

Blind featured from the start in both October internationals whilst Memphis, a surprise inclusion, was introduced from the bench.

Both Dutchmen will receive another chance to impress on the international stage in the coming weeks after being named in Blind’s 22-man squad.

Blind’s inclusion ought to come as no surprise to Manchester United fans. The Dutchman has been an unyielding, indispensable force at the back under Jose Mourinho, featuring on a practically incessant basis, with Eric Bailly’s injury only accentuating his importance to the starting XI.

At the other end of the spectrum, however, lies Memphis – a man with just one start to his name this season. Since returning from the October international break, the Dutchman has featured for exactly 24 minutes (against Fenerbahce, with the game quickly descending into second gear).

That said, for a player bereft of confidence and on the periphery at Old Trafford, any form of game time is crucial when it comes to restoring some potency going forward.

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