Long very happy with a place in the Orange World Cup selection: ‘It did a lot to me’

Noa Lang saw his good performance in Orange last week rewarded with a place in the final World Cup squad. The former Ajax player has had a turbulent time: in the summer he wanted to make a transfer and he also got injured.

At the end of the previous season, Lang revealed in an interview with The last news know that he was ready for the next step in his career. However, he tore off his ankle ligament in the middle of the transfer window. Nevertheless, he was able to make a transfer, including to Qatar. “But I’m way too young to play here. I only go to Qatar for the World Cup,” he laughs in an interview with NU.nl.

There was also interest in Lang from the major leagues, but he ignored those offers. ‘Those kinds of things don’t come out quickly, but people should know about it,’ says Lang, who had already decided for himself to stay in Bruges. A new club should feel perfect and it didn’t. At Bruges I know what I have, I’m not just going to leave that behind me.’

Long very happy with place in final World Cup selection Orange

When Lang was injured, he had regular contact with national coach Louis van Gaal via FaceTime. “I heard he still had faith in me. I have also always shown myself in Orange when I got minutes. As a result, I was confident on Friday that I would be part of the World Cup selection. Secretly I might even have expected it a little.’

Players who dropped out for the final World Cup selection would be called last Friday between 08.30 and 10.00 am. For Lang, it felt like an exam result. “I joked to teammates that I didn’t have to keep an eye on my phone,” said Lang, who was certainly tense. ‘As a little boy I already watched the World Cup with the idea that I wanted to be there one day. When it turned out that that became reality on Friday morning, I was so happy. I immediately called my parents and then friends. Tears? Well, there wasn’t really room for that at the club. But it did affect me a lot.’

In Belgium, it was not expected that Lang would go to the World Cup, also because he was not a basic player at Club Brugge in October. “I read that I seemed to be able to forget the World Cup. And that the chance that I would make it to Qatar was getting smaller and smaller. The media kind of takes it all from each other. And meanwhile I thought: you should know. Maybe people enjoy such news a little too, especially with me.’

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