Pascal Struijk has opted for an international career at the Dutch Team. The 23-year-old defender of Leeds United is in the pre-selection of the Dutch national team for the first time, although he also has a Belgian passport.
Struijk is having a good start of the season at Leeds and Louis van Gaal has not gone unnoticed either. For the time being, he has not made a final choice between the Netherlands and Belgium. But: “If I am elected, I choose Orange,” he reveals in the ESPN program De Voetbalkantine. “It means a lot to me, it‘s the first time I’ve been in the pre-selection at all. I was met by the media manager after training and he told me the news.”
“My phone was full of messages and then I felt like a little child,” Struijk continues. “It‘s very nice to experience and now hope that I’m in the final selection like that. When I‘m in that selection, I also choose the Netherlands. That’s my first choice.”
Struijk has a Dutch father and an Indonesian mother. He was born in Belgium, which makes an international career with The Red Devils possible. The Belgians sought rapprochement, but a problem arose with his passport. “That‘s off track now. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at the time. Then I considered everything, but the Netherlands is my first choice.”
🆕🦁❓ Pascal Struijk seems to have made a choice for which national team to play.” Of course, when I‘m in that selection, that’s always my first choice.”
— ESPN NL (@ESPNnl) September 11, 2022