Euro 2020: Jasper Cillessen FUMES with Holland boss Frank de Boer after being dropped from his selection
Jasper Cillessen FUMES with Holland boss Frank de Boer after being kicked out of the Euro 2020 squad after a positive Covid test and says he feels ‘powerless’ over dropping out… despite being told he’d be welcome be as soon as he recovers
Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is furious about Frank de Boer’s decision to drop him a few days before Euro 2020 after his positive Covid test.
The Valencia shot-stopper, who was initially named in the Netherlands’ final 26-man roster, tested positive for coronavirus last week before being told on Tuesday that he would no longer be attending this month’s tournament.
De Boer instead decided to call up AZ’s Marco Bizot in his stead before submitting his final roster to UEFA before midnight that day, despite telling Cillessen that he would be welcome back on the roster if he were to become a would produce a negative test.
Jasper Cillessen is furious with Frank de Boer after his abolition of the Dutch Euro 2020 squad 2020
However, as Cillessen did not travel to the team’s training camp in Portugal on Sunday as a result of his test, he has been told to stay at home, leaving him feeling ‘powerless, angry and terrible’.
“It is a huge blow that will reverberate for a while,” he told the Dutch newspaper The Telegraph.
‘De Boer knew then that I had tested positive. Then he said in Portugal on Sunday that I would go immediately if the result of my daily rapid test was negative. If necessary, I would only join after the training camp. I really have no idea what has changed.
Holland boss Frank de Boer dropped the 32-year-old from his selection on Tuesday morning
“The rules allow for goalkeeper substitutes during the tournament and there was still plenty of time. I had Covid symptoms for a day, but no other problems. And then they say I’m not fit? The national coach and I will never agree on that.
“I have never felt so powerless, angry and terrible.
“I don’t want to say things that harm people. I also don’t think it’s appropriate to go all the way now, because my teammates are about to start the European Championship and we as the Dutch national team have only one goal: to perform as well as possible at the European Championship.”
De Boer admitted it wasn’t easy to shut out Valenica’s number 1 and said he felt “incredibly sour” about the decision.
Cillessen had only just returned from a long-term injury during an injury-prone season at Valencia at
“I informed Jasper of my decision this morning. Let me say that I find this very sour for Jasper’, the Dutch coach said on Tuesday.
“But I had to make the decision. He is known to have tested positive for coronavirus (and) missed an important part of the preparation.
“We don’t know how long it will take for him to be 100 percent fit again. I don’t want to take any risks in that regard. We are on the eve of a European Championship and I want certainty.’
Stand-in goalkeeper Bizot has already trained with the Netherlands, so his transition to the team is easy, despite Cillessen’s absence.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot (right) is now included in the Dutch national team
Norwich star Tim Krul (left) is expected to start in goal for the Netherlands this summer
But it marks an unfortunate period for the Valencia shot-stopper, who has struggled with several injuries over the course of the season.
A mix of knee and muscle problems limited the Dutchman to just 10 appearances this season, with Cillessen also missing the last two international breaks as he was sidelined.
Norwich goalkeeper Krul, who recently promoted to the top tier with the Canary Islands and traveled with the Netherlands in their last two tournaments, is expected to replace Cillessen’s absence.