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Netherlands drop Memphis Depay and Robin van Persie for Wales

2E0A8CF500000578-0-image-a-33_1446550353803BANNU: Netherlands, who failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group, have recalled Captain Arjen Robben after he recovered from a thigh injury. Wales have qualified for next summer’s competition in France, their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Manchester United forward Depay, 21, has four goals in 19 games for club and country this season, while Fenerbahce striker van Persie, 32, has five in 16. Netherlands boss Danny Blind said of Depay, who joined United in a £31m deal: “In football you must function in a team. He doesn’t always do that.

“That’s something he has to learn. Depay has struggled to secure a regular place in United’s first team since joining from PSV Eindhoven in June. Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal said on Monday: “I have said he is the greatest talent of his age but he is only 21 and you cannot expect consistency.

“He is at a stage of his career where he must adapt to many things. I’m convinced he’s coming back maybe stronger than before but we have to give him time.”

Former United and Arsenal striker Van Persie, meanwhile, is Netherlands’ all-time top scorer with 50 goals in 101 appearances.


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