Man City star dropped from Holland squad

Marwijk decided to drop De Jong following the midfielder’s tackle that left Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken leg on Sunday.

In a statement of the Dutch FA’s official website, van Marwijk said on Monday: “I just informed the squad and told them I saw no other possibility.

“In the near future I will discuss this matter with Nigel (de Jong) but right now we have to focus on the upcoming two matches.”

The Dutch coach told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper earlier today: “I’ve seen the pictures back.

“It was a wild and unnecessary offence. He went in much too hard.

“It is unfortunate, especially since he does not need to do it.

“The funny thing is that the referee did not even show a yellow card for it. Apparently, there are other standards.

“But I have a problem with the way Nigel needlessly looks to push the limit. I am going to speak to him.”