Senegal and the Netherlands get their respective World Cup campaigns underway when they meet in a Group A match-up on Monday at 4pm (UK time).
Sunday marks the start of Qatar 2022, with the hosts welcoming Ecuador to the Al Bayt Stadium, but on Monday the traditional heavyweights come into play, with the reigning Afcon champions Senegal taking on three-time World Cup finalists Netherlands. Backed by Louis van Gaal for his third tour of duty as Oranje manager, this could be his last dance in the hotseat and he will want to make it a memorable one.
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Senegal team news
Sadio Mane was expected to miss the World Cup after sustaining an injury in Bayern Munich’s penultimate match before the international competition, but Aliou Cisse included him in his squad nonetheless. It is yet to be revealed whether Mane will be fit to participate at all, but the expectation is that he will miss Senegal’s curtain-raiser, and former Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk has expressed sympathy for the convalescing forward.
“It’s going to be tough if he plays or not,” said Van Dijk. “I don’t think he will play, but Senegal have a fantastic team. Of course (I have spoken to him). I was feeling sad for him, first and foremost.
“I’m not happy in this case and I’ve been in that situation where I missed the Euros. We as players work so hard to get to this stage and he has been such an important figure for his country.”
Netherlands team news
There were few surprises in Van Gaal’s international selection, with the likes of Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong, Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt all called up. The former Manchester United manager did raise a few eyebrows, though, after revealing the rather bizarre reason for his players’ shirt numbers.
Van Gaal said at a press conference: “I gave the players a number that fits their age.”
“That’s no joke. I never tell jokes at a press conference, I explain how I did that.
“That [choice of squad numbers] has to do with age, that’s why I give that answer.”
Despite Van Gaal’s explanation, it would appear that the Dutch shirt numbers do not correlate to a specific player’s age, with 39-year-old Remko Pasveer handed the No. 1 shirt, Frenkie de Jong given his trademark 21 jersey and Daley Blind represented by the No. 17 top, among many others.