Tom de Mul Red Devil

Tom de Mul has been selected for the first time for the Red Devils, the national team of Belgium. Five Ajax players were selected to represent Holland in qualifying matches.

,,I thought he was kidding", said Tom de Mul about his Ajax and Belgium teammate Wesley Sonck. ,,He came to congratulate me on my first selection. When I heard it was true, I was shocked but of course I am very thrilled.'' De Mul and Belgium will face Spain in an away match.

Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong, Johnny Heitinga and Maarten Stekelenburg have been selected by Holland coach Marco van Basten for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia (9 October, away) and Finland (13 October, in the Amsterdam ArenA). Of the five Ajax players, Stekelenburg has had to pull out. His knee injury is causing him too much problems.