Donny van de Beek’s chances of earning a Netherlands recall ahead of this winter’s World Cup look rather bleak.

Louis van Gaal, the former Manchester United manager, has one again overlooked the midfielder for this month’s friends against Denmark and Germany.

Van de Beek is yet to represent his country since van Gaal took over from Frank de Boer who was sacked after last summer’s European Championships.

The man who is on loan at Everton for the rest of the season was selected by de Boer for the major tournament but he had to pull out with a groin injury.

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The 24-year-old hasn’t played for his country since last March when he scored in a 7-0 World Cup qualifying drubbing against Gibraltar, when he was introduced as a second half substitute.

Van de Beek’s wait to feature in a major international tournament looks to be increasingly with every passing international break.

After the March internationals there are only two further breaks before the Qatar tournament starts in November.

The former Ajax man hasn’t been able to do enough to warrant a recall despite getting regular first team action with the Toffees.

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Prior to being absent in the 1-0 win against Newcastle due to illness, Everton’s number 30 had started the last five Premier League games, but he has struggled to impress in Frank Lampard’s side, who are engulfed in a relegation dogfight.

Van de Beek has used his time off to head back to his native country and put in the hard yards in a gym.

One piece of big positive news that could work in van de Beek’s favor is that his former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag looks to be the favorite to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager.

The Ajax boss has held his interview with Manchester United, report The Mail, and being reunited with his former boss could prove the catalyst in Donny van de Beek finally rekindling the form he showed under ten Hag in England.

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