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Manager Louis van Gaal brutally takes down longtime goalkeeper Tim Krul from the Holland squad

Holland boss Louis van Gaal has brutally told Tim Krul he will not be included in his squad for the back-to-back World Cup because of the goalkeeper’s refusal to attend special training.

Krul was left out of the Netherlands side for the Nations League games against Poland and Belgium, but Van Gaal wanted to use the Norwich keeper, a specialist in saving penalties, as part of a unit focused on penalty shootouts.

But Krul, 34, declined to take part, prompting Van Gaal to tell him he would not be on the plane to Qatar.

“Krul called me to say he’s going to pass,” Van Gaal said. “It was a shame because I know that statistically he takes the most penalties.

“There is no future for him at the Orange because he didn’t want to come. That is the consequence of his decision.

“I always thought that you can practice a penalty. Not the moment and the pressure, but you can automate your process and that gives confidence.

“I convinced the lads that they could do something with the club’s players training for penalties.

“You can’t change your club’s training guidelines, but you can ask them to practice their own penalties.”

Known as a penalty shootout specialist, Krul came on from Van Gaal for a penalty shootout at the 2014 World Cup, where he saved two shootouts to help Holland beat Costa Rica and reach the semifinals.

Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer has taken charge of the number one shirt for Holland after impressing at club level.

Krul is a regular for Norwich in the Championship under manager Dean Smith, having made ten appearances this season and helping the Canaries finish second in the table.

Holland defeated Poland 2-0 in Warsaw on Thursday thanks to goals from Cody Gakpo and Steven Bergwijn. Van Gaal’s side meet Belgium in their next Nations League game in Amsterdam on Sunday.

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