Owen Wijndal is hopeful that he will be in the starting line-up of the Dutch national team again on Saturday in the Nations League match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. AZ’s left back made a good impression on Wednesday in the friendly match against Spain (1-1).
Owen makes it harder for me
“If you play a good match against Spain, you show that you can do it against the best players. I have shown that I can handle the level,” said Wijndal, who played his second international match in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. “But I have to show this level much longer to get a permanent place.”
Last month, Wijndal made his debut in the Orange squad against Mexico, when he was one of the weaker links. “I really wanted to play very well against Mexico, but it didn’t work out. It took some getting used to. Now it went well.”
The North Hollander even claimed a leading role against Spain with his assist just after the break at the 1-1 of Donny van de Beek. “I saw three boys run into the depths and wanted the ball chipping on Calvin Stengs or Luuk de Jong. They didn’t hit him, so the ball came to Donny and he shot him well. Delicious. “
Wijndal received compliments for his game in the ArenA from national coach Frank de Boer, who said that the defender played “fantastic”. Wijndal therefore seems a candidate for a base place against Bosnia and Herzegovina, although that is also because Nathan Aké was injured and has left the Orange training camp.
“Owen certainly makes it more difficult for me to make choices, but that is also the best”, said De Boer, who left Wijndal for ninety minutes.
“I am fit enough to play a whole game again on Sunday”, Wijndal looked ahead. He hopes to book his first victory against Bosnia with the Orange, after it was already close against Spain. “At the end of the game, we had two big chances. So we could and maybe should have won.”
The Nations League match between the Netherlands and Bosnia starts on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Three days later, the Orange closes the calendar year with the Nations League confrontation with Poland in Chorzów.