Euro-Spy: Cruyff Jnr Steps out of the Shadows

By Metcalf, Rupert | The Independent (London, England), June 17, 1996 | Go to article overview
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Euro-Spy: Cruyff Jnr Steps out of the Shadows


Metcalf, Rupert, The Independent (London, England)


All the talk in and around the Dutch camp these past few days has been about the man who is no longer there, the grumpy Edgar Davids, who has been sent packing across the North Sea after complaining about his treatment by the coach, Guus Hiddink.

That is a shame, because it detracts from the impact being made by the Netherlands' most recent international recruit, Jordi Cruyff. And, as if being thrust into an international tournament as an inexperienced youngster is not enough, Cruyff Jnr has to cope with playing in the shadow of a famous father.

The Barcelona player, the son of the multi-talented former Dutch international Johan Cruyff, who delighted fans with his superb skills in the 1970s, scored a fine second-half goal in only his fifth international to set the Dutch on their way to victory over Switzerland last Thursday, and the orange army of fans will be looking for a repeat performance against England at Wembley tomorrow in the match that will decide who wins Group A.

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