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Watford’s Steven Berghuis called out of wilderness by Holland

Steven Berghuis has salvaged one positive from a wretched first season in English football by winning an unlikely call up to the Holland team.

The winger did not start a single Premier League game since a £4.5m move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer, making one start in the FA Cup and ten appearances off the bench under Quique Sanchez Flores. He was surprisingly, to top things off, left on the bench in the final game of the season against Sunderland.

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Yet Holland coach Danny Blind was clearly impressed by his cameo appearance against Aston Villa, when he helped turned 2-1 scoreline into a 3-2 win, and he has been summoned by the national team following an injury to Bart Ramselaar, the young midfielder who has had to pull out through injury following his first call up to the side.

Holland did not qualify for Euro 2016 but they play Republic of Ireland on Friday, Poland on June 1 and Sebastian Prodl’s Austria on June 4.

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The uncapped Berghuis, 24, was first called up for the senior team by Guus Hiddink last June for fixtures against United States and Latvia, but he has not had a sniff since, being out of favour at Watford.