During Netherlands’ World Cup Qualifiers against Latvia, Georginio Wijnaldum was seen in a heated discussion with head coach Frank de Boer.
Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about a heated argument between him and the Netherlands boss Frank de Boer. This happened during their win 2-0 win against Latvia in the World Cup Qualifier on Saturday.
The Liverpool midfielder could not believe that he was taken off the field with 10 minutes left on the clock. He was replaced by Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek and Wijnaldum was not happy about the decision.
The 30-year-old was seen to have a boiling chat with De Boer on the sideline. However, he has affirmed that the situation is under control and it is no big deal.
“I was a bit disappointed, but we shouldn’t make it bigger than it is,” he told NOS. “I really wanted to stay on, because I had fun on the field and felt that I could score another goal, but the coach and I have already talked about it. This is nothing bad.”
“On the one hand I am very disappointed, on the other hand, it is good for the group feeling when other guys also play.”
In another lane, Memphis Depay showed frustration when he was substituted in the second half. And De Boer clarified that he understands why the Lyon striker and Wijnaldum got angry with his actions.
“Memphis wanted to score and he was close a few times. I think he was more concerned with that than with the switch,” the coach said. “Gini has played so much, I told him to understand that we are 24 men. They also need to get the feeling that they belong.”