AZ coach Arne Slot is proud because his attackers Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu were called up for the Orange on Friday. The coach thinks that the double election of self-trained attackers is due to the good play of his team.
"This is wonderful. I cannot see this separately from the performance of the entire team at the moment," Slot told AD .
"Boadu and Stengs are not the only internationals we have. Pantelis Hatzidiakos is in the selection of Greece and Oussama Idrissi has been called up for Morocco. The players who are not yet international, I think, are emphatically in the picture."
AZ is working on a strong season and is second behind Ajax in the Eredivisie. After Thursday's 0-5 win at FC Astana on Thursday, the Alkmaarders are also close to hibernating in the Europa League.
Finally, it regrets that his goalkeeper Marco Bizot has not been called up. National coach Ronald Koeman prefers keepers Jasper Cillessen, Jeroen Zoet and Kenneth Vermeer. "It's a pity that Bizot is not selected. He has often kept the zero this season."
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"This is great for everyone in the youth academy"
Eighteen-year-old Boadu has been playing in the youth of AZ since 2013. The two-year-older Stengs already entered the youth academy in 2009.
"This is a very nice story for everyone who works in the training," says technical director Max Huiberts of AZ. "And also a compliment for the entire selection that performs excellently. It can't go on at the moment."
The selection of AZ flew from Kazakhstan directly back to the Netherlands in the night from Thursday to Friday. "They arrived around 4.00 am, but Stengs and Boadu were very happy and did not sound so tired at all," says Huiberts.
Trainer Slot is not afraid that his young players will be overburdened with the extra matches at Orange. "It's important for a top player to play well every three or four days. They handle that well."
The Orange squad will play against Northern Ireland in Belfast next Saturday. Three days later, the Netherlands will play its last match in the European Championship qualification in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Stengs and Boadu will play with AZ on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. in The Hague against FC Emmen.
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