Gini Wijnaldum talks about his worries for the future
Gini Wijnaldum has been talking to the Dutch media ahead of their next match.
The Netherlands travel to play Germany in Hanover on Tuesday night.
Along with so many other people, Wijnaldum has been left in shock after the events in Paris on Friday night.
In an interview with de Telegraaf, the Newcastle midfielder is described as a ‘sensitive man’ and a ‘thinker’, who always has time for other people.
Wijnaldum really feels for the German players who will face Holland tomorrow night, having been caught up in what unfolded in Paris.
For their own safety the German squad and officials had to stay in the Stade de France overnight before being whisked away at 7am to the airport in minibuses. It was felt they were too much of a target to travel in their official team bus with German number plates.
Gini Wijnaldum says that having two children of his own, only intensifies the worries for the future after these latest terrorist attacks:
“It’s strange, but it seems like with this kind of thing you dwell on it even more, all the consequences for the world, if you have kids.
“Where will the world end up as we experience these kind of terrible things?”
The Dutch international found out about the Paris attacks only after getting back into the dressing room following the win over Wales in Cardiff.
He also understands that the German players have been through a lot and have had to think about whether they mentally it would be able to act against the Dutch team. Wijnaldum, a young father of two children, said:
Whilst the Netherlands won’t be involved in France next sumer for the finals of the Euros, Wijnadlum has every sympathy for the players and fans of countries such as Wales and Germany who will be travelling to France:
“Summer, the final rounds of the European Championships held in this country where that has now happened. You’re still thinking …”
For the German authorities, coaches and players, they also want to send out a clear message.
Interim German FA chief, Reinhard Rauball:
“The message is clear. We will not be intimidated by terror.
“For the team to play against the Dutch only a few days after the terrible experiences in Paris is a necessary signal.”
Assistant manager, Oliver Bierhoff:
“The entire team, players coaches and staff are still shocked but we all know how important it is to send a signal as a national team in favour of our values and culture.”
Monday has seen Alan Shearer also talk about what happened in Paris on Friday night, the Newcastle legend revealing that he had a close miss as he’d been doing media work in Paris only 24 hours earlier and had been in the vicinity of two locations where the terrorists later struck.
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