Memphis Depay has really struggled since his big money move to Manchester United, but is eager to prove himself on the international stage with the Netherlands, according to Goal.
The 22-year-old performed so badly after his switch to the Premier League, that despite the high profile nature of his transfer Louis van Gaal had no choice but to drop him from the team.
Injuries to other players and a handful of solid performances have seen him wrestle a more regular spot back, but he still has plenty to prove.
He insists he’s begun questioning his position with the national side, and is looking to give a good account of himself against France and England over the next two games.
“There have been moments that I doubted whether I would be called up for the national team,” Depay told NOS (via Goal).
“I had some difficult games before, but I do not have any doubts right now. I want to show that I am still good enough to play for Oranje.
“We are building a new team and that is a good feeling. We have two beautiful games ahead of us. France and England are big teams. We are optimistic heading into those games.”
Van Gaal will be keen for Depay to impress for the Netherlands, and hopefully bring that confidence back to Manchester. It’s now or never if United want to push for a Champions League spot next season, and the race for the top four looks set to be a tightly contested affair.
Although it was largely down to the poor performance of their opposition more than anything else, United got a morale boosting 1-0 win over Manchester City in the recent derby. They’ll need to build on that win if they want to secure a place in the top four, and West Ham arguably look like their biggest competition at the moment.
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Whether Depay plays a starring role in the remainder of their season could depend on his performances for the Netherlands, so he really needs to impress.