Brazilian defender Douglas has told Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk that he'd be honoured to play for Oranje in the future. Van Marwijk and the 22-year-old Douglas met on Thursday afternoon to discuss the Twente star's plans to switch allegiances.
"I met Van Marwijk for the first time on Thursday. I've told him that I'm keen to get Dutch citizenship and that it would be a huge honour to play for Holland. I've been living in Netherlands for three years now and I've become a better footballer and person here," Douglas said to Twente's official website.
Van Marwijk confirmed that he considers Douglas to be an interesting option for Oranje if the centre-back indeed gets Dutch citizenship.
"The most important thing for me was that I wanted to hear from Douglas himself that he wants to play for Holland. He has convinced me of his intentions, but I haven't made any promises. He'd be an interesting option for Oranje though if he indeed gets Dutch citizenship. He would add something to the team," said Van Marwijk.
Foreigners can apply for Dutch citizenship once they've lived in Netherlands for five years, but an exception can be made in certain cases. Living in Holland for three years would be enough then.
However, it remains to be seen whether the Dutch government considers Douglas to be such an exception. An attempt to naturalise Salomon Kalou ahead of the 2006 World Cup failed after resistance from Dutch politicians.