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Dutch legend Johan Cruyff knows who is at fault for the Netherlands’ elimination ?the country’s Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk.

Her ministry refused to naturalize FC Feyenoord striker Salomon Kalou who was born in Ivory Coast. The striker who has just been snapped up by English big spenders Chelsea would have been selected if he had a Dutch passport.

“A minister is supposed to serve the interests of their country, and she clearly has not,” Cruyff said in De Telegraaf newspaper on Tuesday.

“If a great player of the caliber of Kalou was available and the manager of my club turned him away, he would have to face the consequences,” said the man who led his country to the 1974 final in which they lost to West Germany.

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