Malacia included in Netherlands squad

Friday 11 November 2022 11:46

Manchester United defender Tyrell Malacia has been included in the Netherlands squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Ahead of the tournament in Qatar, which kicks off on 20 November, Tyrell has been selected as one of 26 players to represent his nation over the coming weeks by former United manager Louis van Gaal. 

It means that the 23-year-old is set to go to his first major tournament as a senior international, having received his first cap in September 2021.


The full-back made his Netherlands bow in the second match of their qualifying campaign, providing an assist during a 4-0 win over Montenegro. 

Oranje went on to finish top of their qualifying group, losing just once across 10 matches as they booked their place at this year’s tournament having missed out on the 2018 finals in Russia.
Malacia becomes the latest Red to be called up for the winter competition, with 13 of his team-mates already receiving good news from their respective nations earlier this week. 

Our four Brazilians – Alex Telles, Antony, Casemiro and Fred – were the first to be confirmed, before news of inclusions for Christian Eriksen (Denmark) and Raphael Varane (France) were made official. 

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford made England’s squad, while Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot were picked by Portugal on Thursday. 

Before Tyrell’s call-up, Facundo Pellistri was the most recent United player to be selected, for Uruguay. 

Pellistri called up for World Cup


The 20-year-old United winger has been included in Uruguay's 26-man squad for the tournament.


Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Remko Pasveer (Ajax), Andries Noppert (SC Heerenveen).

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Jurrien Timber (Ajax), Denzel Dumfries (Internazionale), Stefan de Vrij (Internazionale), Mathijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Tyrell Malacia (UNITED), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen).

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona), Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax), Xavi Simons (PSV).

Forwards: Memphis Depay (FC Barcelona), Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Vincent Janssen (Royal Antwerp), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Besiktas).


21 November (16:00 GMT): Senegal v Netherlands
25 November (16:00 GMT): Netherlands v Ecuador 
29 November (15:00 GMT): Netherlands v Qatar