Justin Kluivert got Friday after the training of Ajax-trainer Erik ten Hag to the beautiful message that he for the first time in the final selection of the Dutch national team. The only 18-year-old attacker is very happy with his call for Orange.
“I am blissfully happy. Got the jitters in my stomach when the trainer told me,” said Kluivert at Ajax TV. “It gives a very special feeling, I want nothing more than to play for my country. I get as a 18-year-old the chance to play in Orange and this opportunity I want to grab. It is a beautiful experience.”
Kluivert is one of five debutants who the new coach Ronald Koeman on Friday recorded in his selection for the oefeninterlands against England and Portugal. The other four are AZ-players Guus Lift, Wout Weghorst and Marco Bizot, and Atalanta Bergamo defender Hans Hateboer.
Kluivert may be a debut in the Dutch national team in the footsteps of his father Patrick. The ex-striker played 79 times in the shirt of Orange and scored forty times. “This will give my career a boost”, said Justin Kluivert. “Let’s hope that I what minutes get. I’m going to have to prove it.”
At Hag was particularly happy for his pupil. “Of course, this is still beautiful? It is for a player a wonderful moment when you first are invited to Orange, the highest in the country. It will certainly promote an even better soccer player.”
The Dutch national team plays on Friday 23 march in Amsterdam against England and three days later in Geneva against Portugal.
Five debutants in the final selection of the Dutch national football team