Georginio Wijnaldum plays a disagreement with Holland boss Frank de Boer after a substitution against Latvia as ‘nothing bad’ … but Liverpool midfielder admits he was ‘disappointed’ to be sent away in the World Cup qualifying victory
Georginio Wijnaldum played his sideline with Frank de Boer after the Dutch midfielder was substituted in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Latvia.
The Liverpool midfielder, who started the game, was taken off the field with 11 minutes to go for Donny van de Beek as the Dutchman was on his way to a comfortable World Cup qualifying win in Amsterdam.
When he came out, Wijnaldum had a frank altercation with De Boer and was visibly angry at being removed from the action, but the 30-year-old downplayed the argument after the game.
Georginio Wijnaldum played his sideline row with Frank De Boer on Saturday evening
Wijnaldum admitted he wanted to stay, but insisted the disagreement was ‘nothing bad’
‘My replacement? Yes, I was a bit disappointed. But we shouldn’t make it bigger than it is, ‘Wijnaldum said U.S after the match.
‘I wanted to stay on the field because I felt I could score another goal as Latvia became more and more open in their defense.
‘But me and the coach have already talked about it, it’s okay.
‘You enjoy the game and you don’t really want to be taken off the field. But of course you also have players on the bench and I also think this is a good time to use them to keep the feeling of the whole team as good as possible.
“So on the one hand I was very disappointed, but on the other hand it is also good for the group process if other guys are also playing.”
Steven Berghuis fired in the opener when the Netherlands defeated Latvia in their first World Cup qualifier
Memphis Depay also seemed disappointed to have been taken away, because he made way for Steven Bergwijn in the final minute, but De Boer explained his train of thought afterwards.
“Memphis wanted to score and he was close a few times, I think he was more concerned about that than the substitution,” said the Holland boss.
“Gini has played so much, I told him to understand that we are a team of 24 players and that they should also feel that they belong.”
Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong scored the goals when the Netherlands got their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with three points in the Johan Cruyff Arena, after a recent miserable 4-2 defeat to Turkey.