Middlesbrough star Marten de Roon has told the Dutch media he still has much to learn in the game, as his career sees an upturn. The midfielder made his debut for the Netherlands last night against Luxembourg, called up to the squad after injuries to others.

Speaking to Voetbal International in the aftermath of the Netherlands 3-1 victory De Roon said playing in Serie A and the Premier League has helped him as a player.

The Dutchman believes if he didn’t leave his home country he wouldn’t have developed as a player, but realises he needs to work on certain aspects of his game.

“In Serie A, I have learned a lot tactically and in England the intensity is incredible. It is perhaps good that I left the Netherlands and was able to learn. I must stop the attacks of the opponents,” said the Middlesbrough star.

De Roon was part of Blind’s pre-selection squad, but the Middlesbrough star didn’t do enough to impress the Dutch boss. However, Blind recalled the 25-year-old to his squad following the withdrawals of Jeremain Lens, Stijn Schaars and Vincent Janssen last week.