Dropping Janmaat Is Holland's Loss!

Last updated : 13 November 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

We reported yesterday on NU-Mad that Janmaat and Tim Krul could miss out on the finals of Euro 2016 because of Holland's poor form.

But it got even worse for the Newcastle United defender because he was left of out of the qualifiers by coach Guus Hiddink.

Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia is a crunch match for the Dutch, but they will play it without the in-form defender.

"Janmatt stayed at home ... watched it on the telly"

Holland reached the World Cup semi-finals in the summer but they are suffering a World Cup hangover.

Daryl Janmatt (talking to the Chronicle): “I really have no idea why I have been dropped – I was not even in the pre-selection. That did come as a surprise.”

So how are Holland doing without him? Not very well, if the truth was known.

Carlos Vela marked his international return with two goals as Mexico heaped more woe on Guus Hiddink's Holland at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Vela, who had not played for his national team for over three years, took just eight minutes to get back on the scoresheet as Miguel Herrera's men held out for an exciting 3-2 win.

Hiddink had hoped for some respite after a dismal Dutch start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and with a crucial home clash against Latvia looming next Sunday.

With one eye on that fixture Hiddink rested Robin Van Persie who reported a slight injury, but named an otherwise strong side to face Mexico whom the Dutch beat in a dramatic finish to their World Cup last 16 game in Brazil.

If the visitors were intent on seeking any kind of revenge they were helped in the eighth minute when Vela underlined his return by sweeping home a fine left-foot shot from the edge of the box.

Despite an equally impressive strike from Wesley Sneijder to equalise four minutes into the second half, Vela struck again to put Mexico back in front just past the hour.

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez made it 3-1 after 69 minutes and although Daley Blind reduced the deficit there was to be no repeat of the late drama of the previous meeting in Fortaleza.