Wijnaldum did not start for Holland against Turkey ion today’s Euro 21-06 qualifier but he came on int he second half with Turkey already winning, and Turkey went on to inflict the fourth defeat on Holland in their Group and they are now in 4th place.
It seems like it will now be very difficult for Holland to qualify for the finals in France next summer, with the Czech Republic winning 2-1 at Latvia and going head of the group with 18 points from 8 games – 11 points more than Holland.
Dejected Holland players after being beaten 3-0
Iceland play Kazakhstan later tonight and they beat Holland 1-0 in Amsterdam three days ago .
Turkey scored after only 8 minutes when Oguzhan Ozyakup latched onto a through ball from Arda Turan, and chipped the ball nicely into the goal past Cillessen.
And then it was Arda Turan himself who doubled the lead after only 26 minutes, as he took the ball off a hesitant Daley Blind before beating goalkeeper Cillessen, who should have done better.
At half time new coach Danny Blind replaced Stefan de Vrij with Wijnaldum, and Holland tried to fight their way back but it Burak Yilmaz who added a third for Turkey after 85 minutes.
It looks like Iceland and the Czech Republic will get through being the top two of Group A and Turkey are now 2 points ahead of Holland with two games to play next month.
Holland must finish in 3rd place to have any chance of qualifying through the play-offs, and after their poor form over the last two games, they are in serious danger of not qualifying for Euro 2016.
They finished 3rd in the World Cup last summer in Brazil, and were easily one of the best teams in the tournament – how fortunes can change with a new coach.
Guus Hiddink took over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup last summer, but he resigned in the summer after a poor string of results, and Danny Blind took over and games against Iceland and Turkey were his first two games in charge.
Steve McClaren will have Gini Wijnaldum, Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita to cheer up when they return to Newcastle, along with Daryl Janmaat, who was surprisingly left out of the squad.
Hopefully the Dutchman can taste what winning is all about a week tomorrow night at West Ham.
Note: A number of Newcastle fans organized by Callum Taylor are raising funds for the Refugees forced to leave war-torn countries like Syria. They will have some banners at the West Ham game.
See if you can support them at their pledge page here – thanks.