Nineteen (former) PSV players will be in action when the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar next Saturday. The Netherlands begin their campaign on Monday 21 November, when they face Senegal. Three PSV players have been named in the Netherlands squad. All in all, nineteen (former) PSV players will represent their respective countries at the World Cup. A survey.
Érick Gutiérrez will join his Mexico team mates when they travel to Qatar. The PSV midfielder has been in outstanding form this season when he featured in almost every Eredivisie game. He will link up with former PSV stars Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Héctor Moreno (CF Monterrey) and Andrés Guardado (Real Betis). Mexico face Argentina, Saudi-Arabia and Poland in Group C.
Weltmeister Götze is back …..
Former PSV player Mario Götze has been included in ‘die Mannschaft’ after he was last called up in 2017. The German football fans will never forget how he scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final. Mario Götze was a key player at PSV and has become an important lynchpin in Eintracht Frankfurt’s midfield, both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League.
…and Doan will also travel to Qatar
Just like Mario Götze, Ritsu Doan, who scored eleven goals for PSV last summer, made a move to the Bundesliga and he has been rewarded for a fine spell at Freiburg with a call-up to the Japan squad. Freiburg are sitting in second place in the Bundesliga. Japan will face Germany, Spain and Costa Rica in Group E.
Ruiz called up to the Costa Rica squad
Bryan Ruiz has been recalled to the Costa Rica squad. The midfielder currently plies his trade with Alajuelense. He joined PSV on loan eight seasons ago and made fourteen appearances, scoring five goals in the process.
Dries Mertens is a surprise inclusion in Belgium squad
Former PSV attacker Dries Mertens is a surprise inclusion in the Belgium squad. The attacker, who plays for Galatasaray, made 88 appearances and netted 45 goals for PSV in all competitions. Mertens, 35 years of age, is one of the oldest players in the Belgium squad.Belgium face Canada, Morocco and Croatian in Group F.
Zakaria Aboukhlal receives first World Cup call-up to Morocco squad
Zakaria Aboukhlal, a former PSV youth player, who now plays for Toulouse FC, has received his first World Cup call up to the Morocco squad, two year after he received his maiden call-up. Aboukhlal made 24 appearances for PSV U21 and two for the senior squad.
Hutchinson called up to Canada squad
The oldest former PSV player to represent his country is Atiba Hutchinson. The midfielder, who is all but 40, has been called up to the Canada World Cup squad. Hutchinson made his Canada debut in 2003 and has earned over 80 caps so far. He made as many as 116 appearances for PSV.