Fosu-Mensah reflects on Netherlands bow after Ghana snub

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The youngster looks back on his first senior outing for the country of his birth

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has set sights on claiming a regular spot in the Dutch senior set-up after making his debut for the Oranje in August.

A long Ghana target owing to his parentage, the 19-year-old made his Netherlands bow in a 4-0 defeat to France on August 31.

The game effectively crashed Ghana's hopes of convincing the on-loan Crystal Palace man for a switch of international allegiance.

“It was tremendous to get the opportunity to make my debut last month for the Netherlands and I am just looking to build my international career on from there and hopefully be a regular in the team," Fosu-Mensah told his club's official website.

"There is a lot of competition for places but we all know that is what it is like in this game and I am ready for the challenge.

"It's a special day, but unfortunately not with the desired result, I think the French were just a cut above us.

"I am very grateful to the coach for the confidence he has shown in me. I heard on the matchday that I would play. 

"I was very happy and will always be grateful to Dick Advocaat for this opportunity."

Fosu-Mensah, alongside Spanish U-21 star Inaki Williams, was a top target for the Ghana Football Association.

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In April, the player's management confirmed being contacted by the football governing body over a possible nationality switch.

He had at the time made appearances for the Dutch youth sides but remained eligible for Ghana due to a lack of competitive senior outing for the Netherlands.

 

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