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W/Cup: Netherlands announce squad for Poland, Belgium friendlies

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 14: Kenneth Taylor of Ajax celebrates his 5-1 during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax v FC Groningen at the Johan Cruijff Arena on August 14, 2022 in Amsterdam Netherlands (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal included Ajax midfielder Kenneth Taylor in his Nations League squad Friday, saying it was the “last chance” for players to impress before the World Cup.

The Netherlands play Poland in Warsaw on September 22 and then Belgium in Amsterdam three days later.

The 20-year-old Taylor has been at the heart of the Ajax midfield this season and has three goals and an assist.

Also called up was the 38-year-old Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer, who made a strong showing in the Champions League against Liverpool midweek.

“I wanted to see these players and this is the last chance before the World Cup,” Van Gaal said.

“After these Nations League games, we get together again on November 14 just a week before the World Cup starts.”

The Netherlands start their World Cup campaign with a mouthwatering clash against African champions Senegal on November 21.

The Dutch team lead Nations League Group A4 with 10 points ahead of Belgium on seven.

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (NEC), Mark Flekken (Freiburg/GER), Andries Noppert (Heerenveen), Remko Pasveer (Ajax)

Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester City/ENG), Daley Blind (Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/ENG), Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan/ITA), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich/GER), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United/ENG), Bruno Martins Indi (AZ Alkmaar), Devyne Rensch (Ajax), Jurrien Timber (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan/ITA)

Midfielders: Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona/ESP), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta/ITA), Marten de Roon (Atalanta/ITA), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax)

Forwards: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Barcelona/ESP), Cody Gakpo (PSV Eindhoven), Vincent Janssen (Antwerp FC/BEL), Wout Weghorst (Besiktas/TUR)

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