World-class playmaker linked to Arsenal set to miss out on England match

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Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder will not be playing against England on Tuesday after picking up an injury in action against France on Saturday.

The Galatasaray star featured from the start against Les Bleus but limped off during the match and has confirmed that he won’t be travelling to face England.

“I’ll have to wait and see exactly how bad it is,” Sneijder began, speaking to NOS [as per Goal]. “I won’t be travelling to England.

“It’s a blow, but it also gives the younger players a chance to show what they can do.”

It was an emotional occasion when Holland and France met in Amsterdam, with players and fans alike paying tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels before the match, before honouring the life of the late Johan Cruyff with a minute’s applause in the 14th minute.

France tore into a first-half lead through Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, but Holland drew level after the break with goals from Luuk de Jong and Ibrahim Afellay.

Their advantage lasted all of two minutes, before Blaise Matuidi added an 88th-minute winner.

Sniejder was tipped with a move to Arsenal earlier this week, with his teammate Lukas Podolski talking up the Dutchman’s prospects at the Emirates Stadium.

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