Van Basten open to duo
By Jeffrey Glorie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marco van Basten would like to give call-ups to Leonardo and Jonathan de Guzman.
Holland coach Marco van Basten would be interested in giving call-ups to Ajax winger Leonardo and Feyenoord midfielder Jonathan de Guzman.
Both players have dual nationality, having played in Holland for several years.
Leonardo is Brazilian and has been capped by Brazil at youth level, but moved to Holland at an early age after being spotted by scouts at Feyenoord.
De Guzman, meanwhile, is Canadian, and his brother Julian plays for the Canada national team, but he too arrived in Holland at a young age to join Feyenoord.
While neither player has yet pledged his allegiance to Holland or otherwise, Van Basten admits he is a fan of both players and feels their education in Dutch football means they will fit into the national side well.
"For us, of course, it is nice if we have more choice," he told the KNVB website.
"Both Leonardo and de Guzman are good footballers, and, importantly, they are both players who have been in active in Dutch football from a relatively young age, and so are know the Dutch football culture.
"They definitely are two players who have the qualities to be considered for the Dutch squad, so if they decide to become 'football Dutchmen', they will certainly be considered for an Oranje invitation."