Netherlands defender Van Dijk out of European Championship

LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he will not play for the Netherlands at next month’s European Championship.

The center back has been out since October with a knee injury.

Van Dijk says in an interview with Liverpool’s website: “I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab during the offseason.”

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