'I deserve World Cup chance' - Van Dijk urges Van Gaal to call him up

The stopper has been tipped for a call-up after an impressive season at club level and hopes to gain selection for the tournament in Brazil this summer

Celtic's Virgil van Dijk believes he is ready to represent Netherlands at the World Cup this summer if given the chance by coach Louis van Gaal.

The defender moved from Groningen to Celtic 12 months ago and has starred for the Scottish Premiership outfit in his debut season, with his performances earning him a nomination for SPFA Player of the Year, an award eventually won by team-mate Kris Commons.

With 44 appearances in all competitions he has been a near ever-present and the 22-year-old Dutchman, who has also chipped in with four goals, now has an eye on a World Cup berth.

Speculation has surrounded Van Dijk's involvement after his impressive season and although he remains uncapped, the player is still hopeful of sneaking a place on the plane to Brazil.

"Every player who has a slight chance can dream of it and I still dream of it," he told Celtic's official website.

"I have never been called up but you never know. I am ready for it, definitely.

"I feel I deserve a chance but it's up to the coach and if I don't get a chance then I'm not good enough so I need to keep improving."