Kjell Scherpen has been included in the selection of the Dutch national team by national coach Louis van Gaal. He replaces Tim Krul, who was injured during a training session on Sunday and has since left the group.
The 22-year-old Scherpen is transferred from the Dutch Juniors, with which he was preparing for the European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Wales. The goalkeeper of the English Brighton & Hove Albion is already training on Monday.
Scherpen has fifteen matches to his name for the Dutch Juniors. The former goalkeeper of Ajax and FC Emmen has never played for the ‘big’ Orange. The Dutch national team will play against Poland and twice against Wales this international period.
On Friday evening, Scherpen, who played on a rental basis for the Belgian KV Oostende for the past six months, was still under the bar with the Dutch Juniors in the 0-3 win against Young Moldova. Erwin van de Looi’s team thus took a big step towards the European Championship.
By transferring Scherpen, Van Gaal can again have three keepers. Jasper Cillessen, who was in goal against Belgium (1-4 win) and Mark Fleks on Friday, are the other two. It is not yet clear what exactly is wrong with Krul.
Vincent Janssen will join the Orange squad on Tuesday, but will not play against Wales yet.
Janssen also misses a duel with Wales after the wedding
Vincent Janssen will join Van Gaal’s selection on Tuesday. The striker of the Mexican Monterrey tied the knot last weekend and therefore dropped the duel with Belgium.
Wednesday’s game against Wales also comes too early. The seventeen-time international, who has been selected again after years of absence in Orange, will work through an adjusted training schedule in the coming days.
The Dutch national team will play against Wales in Cardiff on Wednesday, which qualified for the World Cup in Qatar on Sunday at the expense of Ukraine. Then there are two more home games: Saturday 11 June against Poland and Tuesday 14 June again against Wales.