Van Gaal Axes Star From Netherlands Plans

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Louis van Gaal, Tim Krul
Louis van Gaal, Tim Krul

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal has revealed that a certain player who has been involved with the squad since 2011 no longer has a future in the Dutch set-up due to his recent actions.

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The former Barcelona and Manchester United boss left 34-year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul out of his latest squad for his side's UEFA Nations League matches in this international break, but still had plans for the Norwich City man.

Krul, who was named in Van Gaal's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, was called upon to take part in a special session with other goalkeepers dedicated to penalties, which involved a volleyball coach who would aim to improve the shot-stoppers' reactions.

However, Van Gaal has revealed that the 15-time Netherlands international refused to accept the invitation and, as a result, will not be included in his plans going forward.

"Krul called me to tell me that he will pass. I thought it was a shame, because I know that he stops the most penalties in terms of statistics," the tactician said, according to the Daily Mail.

"There is no future for him at the Oranje, because he did not want to come. That is the consequence of his decision.

"I've always thought that you can train a penalty kick. Not the moment and the pressure, but you can automate your process and that gives confidence.

"I have convinced the boys that they can do something with it, that players at the club will train for penalties.

"You cannot change the training policy at their club, but you can request them to practise their own penalty kicks."

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