Van Gaal boldly tells the Netherlands that he has ‘no future’ with the international team

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Tim Krul will no longer play for the Netherlands after refusing to participate in penalty practice, Louis van Gaal has confirmed.

The Norwich goalkeeper has been a fixture in the Dutch national team since his debut in 2011.

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He famously came off the bench in the closing seconds of extra time in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica, most notably to go into goal for the penalty shootout.

The Dutch shot stopper would save two penalties, as the Orange won 4-3 on penalties.

The 34-year-old has 15 caps for his country and is not allowed to take any more as long as Van Gaal is in charge anyway.

Krul was not in the most recent team in the Netherlands, but was invited to participate in penalty training during the international match.

He declined the offer and the consequence of his decision is that he will no longer be called up by the former Manchester United manager.

“Krul called me to tell me he will succeed,” Van Gaal told media.

“I was sad because I know he saves the most penalties in terms of statistics.

“There is no future for him at Orange, because he did not want to come. That is the result of his decision.

“I’ve always thought that you can train a penalty kick.

“Not the moment and the pressure, but you can automate your process and that gives you confidence.

“I have convinced the boys that they can do something with it, that players from the club will train for penalties.

“You can’t change the training policy at their club, but you can ask them to practice their own penalty kicks.”

Van Gaal initially withdrew from management in 2019, but returned to take over his national team for a third time.

In April of this year, the 71-year-old announced that he was being treated for prostate cancer.

Van Gaal will head the Netherlands for this winter’s World Cup before stepping down in December, surely ending his managerial career.

He has yet to taste defeat since he succeeded Frank de Boer in August 2021.

Ronald Koeman replaces Van Gaal and takes charge of the team for the second time in his career.

It will be his first management role since he was sacked by FC Barcelona in October last year.

The 59-year-old Dutch legend took charge of 20 Orange games between March 2018 and November 2019.

He failed in a major tournament but guided the Netherlands to the final of the Nations League where they lost 1-0 to Portugal in June 2019.