Stekelenburg sent cheeky text to Suarez

05 July 2010 02:31

Holland keeper Maarten Stekelenburg sent a cheeky text message to Luis Suarez on Friday night nominating his Ajax team-mate for the World Cup's best goalkeeper award.

Suarez will miss the World Cup semi-final tussle between Uruguay and Holland in Cape Town on Tuesday as a consequence of the deliberate handball in the final seconds of extra-time that denied Ghana a place in the last four.

"I sent him a text message saying that he has been the best goalkeeper of the tournament," Stekelenburg told De Telegraaf. "I think he should get the Lev Yashin Award."

There is a more serious point for Stekelenburg to make though. As Suarez is missing, the 27-year-old knows Uruguay will be weakened, which offers Holland a better chance of reaching their first World Cup final since 1978.

"The important matter is that he cannot play," he said.

"It is a big thing because he is always a threat."

Source: PA