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Wijnaldum plays down touchline confrontation with Frank de Boer

Sun 28 March 2021 | 12:28

The Dutch midfielder was upset about being substituted during Netherlands’ match against Latvia.

Netherlands won their World Cup qualifying match against Latvia with a 2-0 result on Saturday.

Steven Berghuis

opened the scoring for

Frank de Boer

’s team in the 32nd minute and

Luuk de Jong

doubled their lead in the second half.

Georginio Wijnaldum

was replaced with

Donny van de Beek

in the 80th minute, but the Liverpool midfielder was upset by De Boer’s decision.

"I was a bit disappointed, but we shouldn't make it bigger than it is,"

he told

NOS

.

"I really wanted to stay on, because I had fun on the field and felt that I could score another goal, but the coach and I have already talked about it. This is nothing bad.

"On the one hand I am very disappointed, on the other hand it is good for the group feeling when other guys also play."

The 50-year-old coach was asked about his late substitutions in a post-match interview.

"Memphis wanted to score and he was close a few times. I think he was more concerned with that than with the switch,"

the coach said.

"Gini has played so much, I told him to understand that we are 24 men. They also need to get the feeling that they belong.

"

Netherlands will play their next World Cup qualifying match against

Gibraltar

on Tuesday.


source: SportMob