Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer makes Dutch World Cup squad

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer has made Holland's 23-man World Cup squad. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer has made Holland's 23-man World Cup squad. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:46 PM

Leroy Fer will be Norwich City’s sole representative at the World Cup in Brazil after being confirmed in Holland’s 23-man squad.

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The midfielder has made the cut under Manchester United’s incoming boss Louis van Gaal for the Dutch, who reached the last World Cup final in South Africa four years ago. Fer is in a squad that also includes the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie and the 24-year-old is one of six players from the Premier League. Fer made 29 top flight appearances for the Canaries, scoring three goals, in his first season in England following a move from FC Twente.

Holland have been drawn in a testing qualifying group with holders Spain, Chile and Australia. The Dutch begin their campaign with a re-match against the Spanish on June 13 in Salvador before playing Australia in Port Alegre on June 18 and finishing their poool section against Chile in Sao Paulo on June 23.

Fer’s club team mate John Ruddy is on stand-by for England but will only travel if any of first choice trio Joe Hart, Fraser Forster or Ben Foster are ruled out.

Meanwhile, City youngster Jamar Loza has linked up with the Jamaica squad for two UK-based friendlies later this week. The ‘Reggae Boyz’ play Egypt at Leyton Orient on Wednesday fresh from a 1-0 defeat to World Cup-bound Switerzland. Loza is one of three new faces in the squad.

The 19-year-old was born in Kingston before moving to England when he was six. Loza made his Premier League debut for Norwich in the final day 2-0 defeat to Arsenal which confirmed the club’s relegation.

The striker has been a prolific scorer at youth and academy level for the Canaries and will be one of the young breed aiming to impress Neil Adams in the Championship.

• Full Holland World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi (all Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Joël Veltman (Ajax)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzmán (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

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22 comments

  • OMG, cis, I just noticed you did a troll style "hear\here" grammar mangulation. I`m sure it was deliberate. You are aspiring to the `cleverness` of Goldilocks, maybe?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Are you trying to usurp pubmandave, C.I.Slovenia? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • OK. 4 attempts, 3 edits. All blocked. I won`t get Mad.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • OMG, Celje Canary, I hope you`re not morphing into pubmandave! Where`s your bosom buddy, Steady On, gone? I remain a "Hughton Apologist". I apologise for not appreciating the skills he has. West Brom and Villa certainly do. Despite his altruism, Fulham and Cardiff still joined us in the U-bend to the Championship. In defence of the Premier Man Catalogue Cover Boy, he is a very, very nice, kind man. Reportedly. Just not terribly good at managing people.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • We'll done Leroy, he has obviously impressed Van gaal in training and maybe VG can coach back into him whatever that loser Hughton coached out of him. Utd might offer us £10m for him after the World Cup, you heard it hear from the Prophet first

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Great achievement, given the issues he has had with City's style of play last season. He was another who succumbed to the too-rigid, too-defensive negative mindset influences. The Dutch national side don't carry passengers, so he's there on merit and to play expansive football. Hopefully he will still be a City player for the next few years and be allowed to play the more attractive attacking football that he is certainly capable of.

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    Robin Hood

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I really can`t remember, Adelaide. I found Malta a rather endearing place. In Valetta, we would go to the Labour Club for a drink, `tourists welcome`. Behind the bar hung a huge photo of a beaming Blair, and a smaller one of Dom Mintoff. Locals would be tucking into huge bowls of stew, containing indeterminable animal remains. Rabbits from Rabat? Bunnies from Bugibba? All washed down with lashings of Cisk!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • G'day MB being an old navy man I trust that bar was located on Strait St? It's good to see the continuous rise of soccer here in Aussie. Many young kids are playing the game with the support of parents, less physical than Aussie rules or rugby.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • G`day, Adelaide! It`d be great to see the Socceroos do well at the world Cup. I remember being on holiday in Malta a few years ago, when England played Australia in a Friendly. My wife & I watched the match on TV in a Bugibba bar, along with many other England fans and not a few Aussies. The banter was top quality - specially when the Socceroos beat the Mighty Three Leopards. As a Norwich fan, I would`ve taken it worse had the `Theoklitos thing` already happened, but that episode was well in the future!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Well he might think he is playing against Norwich when it comes to the Australian game, similar colours, and what's more the socceroos may surprise the other teams and advance, I say that with tongue in cheek, at least we are in the world cup, good for developing the game here.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Well done Leroy. Hope it goes well for you.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Well I am happy for him and hope he does well. OTBC-

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Leroy Fer is a very classy player when on the ball and can make a tackle too. Unfortunately didn't do enough of the hard yards in tracking back and was culpable so often for leaving runners - as was Johnson too by the way - he also seemed to go backwards over the season, which is odd for a player new to the Premier league - they normally improve as they get used to the pace and power needed. Good player, but still much to learn to be the complete midfield player he can be. I'd like to keep him for next season, but he may feel he needs to move on.

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    Crazy canary

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Now we know what Fer was saving himself for all season. Did not want to get involved in the nasty world of the EPL and risk missing the World cup.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • That`s just a Dutch cigar in one of those metal tubes, nachospestos. He keeps it in his shorts to maintain optimum temperature and humidity. Hand rolled.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • They obviously didn't see him play for a while. At least he cannot use the excuse that he needs to leave to further his international career.

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    CanaryWest

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Judging by the picture he's quite excited by the prospect of the world cup.

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    nachospestos

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Chile ran rings round England recently and Spain are, well, Spain, so apart from Australia it's a very testing group. That squad would have looked a lot better if Strootman wasn't crocked.

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    nachospestos

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Wouldn't call Spain, Chile & Australia a "testing" group - not easy but preferable to ours.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Great 5-a-side team there! Some quality but not enough methinks to go too far. Bit like England..... My Belgian neighbours here in Brussels worried about expectations for Belgium - huge fervour and excitement with giveaways, ads everywhere you go. My 6 year old is collecting the Belgian Panini set from the supermarket. I'll make him wear his England gear every day just in case. Back on subject, Fer's inclusion says more about the strength of the Dutch side than the quality of the player. Good but not world class by a long way.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • goldie

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • .....No Comment !.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

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