The defender, who has established himself in the first team at Leeds, is able to play for the Netherlands or Belgium at international level.


Belgium have been keeping a close eye on him, but Struijk would prefer to turn out for the Netherlands as he feels more of a connection with the Oranje.



Struijk told Dutch magazine Voetbal International: “For sporting reasons, I don’t want to rule out Belgium.


“But yes, deep down, when I think back to my dreams as a little boy, I prefer to play for the Netherlands.”



The Leeds man is keen to go be called up by the Netherlands, however he is aware that there is fierce competition for places and is not assuming he will be selected easily.


“I don’t assume anything”, he said.



“I don’t think I’ll just be called up like that, there are a lot of good central defenders.


“But if, for example, the KNVB [Dutch FA] informs me that they are at least keeping an eye on me, that would be very nice.”


Being called up by the Netherlands would mean playing under former Manchester United boss Van Gaal and Struijk believes the transition from Bielsa to the Dutch coach would not be a big one.


“People sometimes say it’s not a big transition from Marcelo Bielsa to Louis van Gaal.


“They kind of have the same way of thinking, of acting.


“So the switch would not be that big for me.”


Struijk has often been played on the left hand side by Leeds this season given Junior Firpo’s struggles since he arrived at Elland Road, but is primarily a central defender.