De Jong pondering Dutch switch
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roda JC Kerkrade's Marcel de Jong is pondering an international future with Holland.
Roda JC Kerkrade midfielder Marcel de Jong admits to being undecided over his international future.
The 19-year-old has so far appeared at international level for his birth country Canada, though he is also eligible to play for Holland through his parents.
Despite appearing for Canada's Under-20 side at last year's World Youth Championship in Holland, the former Helmond Sport player is still pondering his international future.
The youngster is aware that the Dutch are lacking quality at left back and that may be a role he can fill in the future.
"It's not clear what I will do," de Jong told Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad. "I will take a decision after the current period with Dutch Under-21s.
"As that's not an official match (a friendly), it's possible to do so (to play for Holland).
"I want to play at the highest level I can reach, and Oranje is better than Canada.
"Also, it's important the Netherlands haven't many good left backs.
"If I could develop myself in the current way, a career in the Dutch national team is possible."
De Jong's comments will come as a further blow to those in the Canadian game, as other Canadian-born players have overlooked the chance of playing for their birth country.
Owen Hargeaves is probably the most high-profile example, having opted to play for England ahead of Canada, while Feyenoord winger Jonathan de Guzman has yet to commit his international future between Canada and Holland.