Netherlands boss Danny Blind has offered some sage advice to Memphis Depay after excluding him from the latest Oranje squad.
Memphis Depay is among the biggest casualties of Danny Blind’s latest Holland squad with the Netherlands manager calling on the Manchester United man to become more of a team player.
The 21-year-old was left off the list of players picked to face Germany and Wales in a pair of friendlies later this month following a difficult run of form for the Red Devils.
Depay started well at Old Trafford, netting a goal on his Premier League debut against Tottenham on the opening day of the season.
He followed that up with a fine display against Club Brugge in a Champions League qualifier but has since struggled to impress and landed himself in hot water with manager Louis van Gaal after expressing his unhappiness in an interview with De Telegraaf.
Blind, who was captain of Ajax under Van Gaal, offered up similar criticism during an interview with Voetbal International in which he stated that while Depay has a “future” with the national side, there are “other issues” to consider.
“In the top football you also have to work in a team. And he [Depay] does not always,” he said.
“I have also told him when I called him to say he's not in there. That's something he has to learn. "
Depay could get a chance to do exactly that when Manchester United entertain CSKA Moscow in the Champions League this week, though his place in the starting 11 is far from guaranteed.