Ake, Padt among newcomers
AMSTERDAM: Nathan Ake and Sergio Padt have been named in the Netherlands squad for the first time as new coach Dick Advocaat selected an expansive 28man selection for three internationals in 10 days, starting on Wednesday in Morocco.
Goalkeeper Padt from Groningen is among an initial group of 12 players who headed to a brief training camp in Portugal yesterday. They will be joined there by the other 16 in the course of next week, including defender Ake after yesterday’s English FA Cup final where his Chelsea team took on Arsenal.
The Dutch meet Morocco in Agadir in midweek and then return home to Rotterdam for a second friendly international against the Ivory Coast on June 4 and a World Cup qualifier against neighbours Luxembourg on June 9.
Advocaat, who still has club commitments with Fenerbahce in Turkey, will only take up his duties along with assistant Ruud Gullit after the friendlies, with Fred Grim continuing in the role of caretaker coach against Morocco and the Ivory Coast.
SQUAD — Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona), Sergio Padt (Groningen), Jeroen Zoet (Eindhoven); Defenders: Nathan Ake (Chelsea), Daley Blind (Man United), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij, Wesley Hoedt (both Lazio), Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke), Kenny Tete, Joel Veltman, Nick Viergever (all Ajax); Midfielders: Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Davy Propper, Bart Ramselaar (both Eindhoven), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Kevin Strootman (Roma), Jens Toornstra, Tonny Vilhena (both Feyenoord), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool); Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (Lyon), Bas Dost (Lisbon), Vincent Janssen (Tottenham), Jeremain Lens (Fenerbahce), Quincy Promes (Spartak), Arjen Robben (Bayern). Reuters
Nathan Ake (top) and Sergio Padt