Van Dijk: I deserve a chance to play in the World Cup
One of the mainstays of a Celtic side who won their third-straight League title, defender Virgil van Dijk looks ready to make the transition to the international stage. The 22-year-old, who has had been a revelation since his move from Groningen last June, believes that he is ready to represent Netherlands in Brazil this summer.
Having played 44 games in all competitions for Celtic and made the four-man shortlist for the Scottish PFA Player of the Year prize, it is fair to say that van Dijk looks in fantastic form ahead of next month’s World Cup.
A call-up to the World Cup squad would certainly be a fitting end to a dream debut season with the Hoops. Speaking to Celtic’s official website, the Dutch defender said: “Every player who has a slight chance can dream of it and I still dream of it. We will see next week when they announce the squad.”
He also added: “I have never been called up but you never know. I am ready for it, definitely. I feel I deserve a chance but it’s up to the coach and if I don’t get a chance then I’m not good enough so I need to keep improving.”
With several clubs eyeing his signature, a spot in the Dutch World Cup squad will surely enhance his growing reputation.