Tottenham Hotspur forward Steven Bergwijn has been sent home from international duty with The Netherlands for being too unfit. Frank de Boer’s side face Spain in a friendly on Wednesday before their two Nations League fixtures against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.
Steven Bergwijn Sent Home From International Duty
Steven Bergwijn is niet fit genoeg en heeft het trainingskamp van Oranje verlaten: https://t.co/7xMKE2NNb2.
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 9, 2020
Statement From KNVB
A statement made on the KNVB website said: “Steven Bergwijn has left the training camp of the Dutch national team. The Tottenham Hotspur attacker was examined by Orange’s medical staff on arrival in Zeist on Monday. It turned out that he is not fit enough and that the Orange matches must pass by.
“National coach Frank de Boer is not calling for a replacement, so the selection of the Dutch national team now consists of 24 players.”
Steven Bergwijn Struggling for League Minutes
Perhaps the fitness issues are something that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been aware of. Bergwijn has only featured in four Premier League matches so far this season, instead having to settle for more game time in the club’s Europa League matches.
The Dutchman is also yet to score this campaign but did make two assists in the 7-2 demolition of Maccabi Haifa back at the start of October.
In his four Premier League appearances, Bergwijn has accumulated just 153 minutes of action as he battles for places alongside Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.
Other Premier League Players in Netherlands Selection
Players Bergwijn won’t be linking up with from the Premier League include defenders Nathan Ake and Patrick van Aanholt of Manchester City and Crystal Palace respectively, new Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.