World Cup: Stoke left-back Erik Pieters doubts he will be in Holland's squad for Brazil
Stoke left-back Erik Pieters is pessimistic about his chances of being named in the Netherlands' World Cup squad.
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 28/04/14 7:23pm
Pieters has won 17 caps for his country, but was not involved in the qualification campaign and has not been called up by Louis van Gaal since joining Stoke from PSV Eindhoven last summer.
The 25-year-old has appeared in all bar one of Stoke's Premier League games this season, but does not expect his contribution to be recognised with a trip to Brazil.
Though there is uncertainty over who will be Holland's first-choice left-back at the World Cup, Pieters doubts he will be included in Van Gaal's plans.
"I have been in the Premier League already for nine months, but haven't been called up a single time," Pieters told Voetbal International. "So you can't say that I am even close to an invitation.
"However, at the end of last season, I participated in the Asian trip and played against Indonesia and China.
"But right now I think Daley Blind is the first option for left-back, also Bruno Martins Indi and Patrick van Aanholt have a bigger chance than me.
"You just notice that a lot of people don't know I am playing weekly in the Premier League. Everyone has a good view of the big boys, like Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie. But in the category under it...
"In the Netherlands, people are really surprised that I play weekly for Stoke City. The same counts for Douglas, who has almost played the full season for Dinamo Moscow.
"And what about Urby Emanuelson, he played two-thirds of all of AC Milan's games. When you leave the Dutch league, you are not followed that closely anymore."
When asked if a similar view is held by the Dutch coaching staff, Pieters said: "No, of course they know what happens. Every player in a foreign league is followed.
"I am sure the KNVB have watched me several times at Stoke. But you have to also fit in to be in the squad."