Virgil Van Dijk Returns For 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Defender Virgil van Dijk, who only returned to Southampton’s starting line-up at the weekend, has been called up to the Netherlands squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Van Dijk, 26, returns to the national side for the first time this year after injury ruled him out of matches in March and June. A transfer stand off with Southampton saw him miss the start of the new Premier League season and last month’s qualifying matches for Russia.

He came on as a substitute for the south coast side against Crystal Palace last month and made his first start on Saturday in the away defeat at Stoke City.

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