Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg criticised for performance on international duty

Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg

Maarten Stekelenburg has come under fire for his performance after the Netherlands were beaten by France.

Football Soccer - Netherlands v France - World Cup 2018 QualifierFootball Soccer - Netherlands v France - World Cup 2018 Qualifier

Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has been criticised for the way he played against France in the Netherlands' latest World Cup qualifier. 

The 34-year-old's part in the 1-0 win for the French was solely negative. Paul Pogba scored the only goal of the match with a well-struck effort from 30 yards, but was certainly helped by Stekelenburg's ineptitude between the sticks.

The Holland stopper got down to his right in an attempt to stop the shot, but did not have strong enough hands as he only succeeded in deflecting the ball into the corner of his net.

Stekelenburg's recall to the national side came after Barcelona's Jasper Cillessen picked up an injury, but it has since been branded as a 'nonsense' decision to call him up by legendary Dutch midfielder Wim van Hanegem, reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Everton fans will also have doubts about the Dutch goalkeeper, but they will have begun long before his shortcomings against France. Despite possessing a footballing CV that includes clubs such as Ajax, Roma and Monaco, Stekelenburg has shown some less-than-reassuring signs in goal for the Toffees so far this season.

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo scores their first goal past Everton's Maarten StekelenburgMiddlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo scores their first goal past Everton's Maarten Stekelenburg

He looked weak against Middlesbrough when he was bullied by Alvaro Negredo, and also stood static when Christian Benteke headed Crystal Palace to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Joel Robles currently provides cover as Everton's number two, but it would not be unlike Ronald Koeman to bring in another goalkeeper in an attempt to raise the Dutchman's performance levels.

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