Depay like a ‘Bond villain’, says former Holland star

Date published: Tuesday 8th September 2015 9:13

Memphis Depay: Left out of latest Holland squad

Memphis Depay: Left out of latest Holland squad

Memphis Depay has been branded ‘lazy’ and like a ‘Bond villain’ by former Holland star Willem van Hanegem, as fingers continue to be pointed over their poor Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Holland have been beaten by both Iceland and Turkey in their two qualifiers this week, leaving their hopes of qualifying for France 2016 out of their own hands.

Even a play-off place could be out of Danny Blind’s side’s reach with just two games remaining before the tournament in France next summer.

Several players who reached the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal remain, but they have failed to reproduce the same form.

Ex-Netherlands international Van Hanegem has now taken issue with ‘Bond villain’ Depay in particular.

“There are a few players at Oranje that only think about themselves,” he said.

“Take Memphis for instance. He’s just like Goldfinger with his golden shoes. But what is the use of that for Netherlands?”

Van Hanegem is also highly critical of the work-rate of Manchester United’s summer signing, and added:  “I don’t care that he comes to Oranje with a hat and a scarf.

“What he does outside of the pitch is his own business. But with a couple of suspenders and a beard, he could easily join the Amish people in America and sit on a wagon.”

What do you think of Van Hanegem comments? Is the criticism of Depay valid, and which film character would you compare him to?

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