Substitute against Gibraltar has major consequences for Danjuma

October 11, 2021 – The raid of Arnaut Danjuma (24) Monday evening with the Dutch national team against Gibraltar is an international match with major consequences. The replacement for Cody Gakpo at the Orange squad is playing his third game for the Orange squad and that means he can definitely no longer switch. Under the current rules, he could still choose Nigeria.


In the absence of a call for the Orange, Danjuma would doubt to make the switch to the Nigeria national team. Due to the relaxed FIFA rules, it is possible to switch if you have played a maximum of three international matches for a certain country before the age of 21. Incidentally, that may not be at a final tournament and there must also be at least two years between the last international match for one country and the debut with the other country.

Because Danjuma was not called up to the Dutch national team for more than a thousand days before Van Gaal’s call, he could have switched to the Nigeria national team. According to The Telegraph it is now certain: he can no longer switch for the country team that he wants to serve. His previous international matches were against Germany (Nations League, 2018) and Belgium (practice match, 2018) under Ronald Koeman. Danjuma joined the squad for Steven Berghuis after an hour of play.

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After a performance against Gibraltar, he can therefore no longer request an exception, as sometimes happened in the recent past with players from Curaçao. Although Danjuma’s preference is clearly with Orange, he recently closed with the US the switch to Nigeria. “I have always consciously chosen the Dutch national team and I would very much like to play for Orange again. But of course I can’t wait until my thirtieth birthday, because I also really want to play football as an international and experience a major world tournament.”

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