Steve McClaren "Very Surprised" Newcastle Star Omitted From International Squad

Janmaat will not be in the Holland squad next month.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has admitted he is "very surprised" that Daryl Janmaat has been left out of the latest Holland squad by new Netherlands head coach Danny Blind. Holland face crucial European Championship 2016 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey during the upcoming international break, but 25-cap Janmaat will not be part of the squad. The Magpies right-back was an important member of Louis van Gaal's 2014 World Cup squad, and he was also a regular under previous boss Guus Hiddink.
Yet it seems Dutch legend Danny Blind - father of Manchester United defender Daley - does not fancy Janmaat, at least not at the moment anyway. And, when asked about Janmaat's omission, McClaren said (The Chronicle):
"It surprises me, but I'm not the national manager of Holland. "I know he's changed but I'm very surprised."
Janmaat himself seemed a bit frustrated by the omission. When asked about being left out of Blind's squad, Janmaat replied:
"There is a new coach with a new vision and has his own preferences. "Apparently I am not one of them."
The ex-Feyenoord defender will instead focus on Newcastle's match against Arsenal on Saturday (12.45pm kick-off) and then train with his Magpies teammates over the international break. For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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