New “Samurai” van Wermeskerken makes Eredivisie debut

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Dutch Eredivisie - "FC Twente v FC Dordrecht"
van Wermeskerken, left, defends against Jesus Corona

20-year-old became the latest Japanese player to play in a top European league on Sunday when he made his debut appearance for  side .

The midfielder, who has a Japanese mother and Dutch father, joined the club’s Under-21 team in 2013 after attending school in Yamanashi Prefecture and playing for Ventforet Kofu’s Under-18 side.

With Dordrecht having already been relegated to the second division, van Wermeskerken was called up to the senior squad and played a full 90 minutes at right back in a 3-0 away loss at mid-table FC Twente.

“Despite the result, it was a wonderful day,” the player told Dordrecht’s official website. “I’m happy I was finally able to make my debut two years after arriving here.

“I was nervous at first, but my teammates supported me and I played a good first half. I’m disappointed to have allowed my opponents to score, but it felt great to be on the pitch.”

The match concluded in a short meeting between Japanese abroad when Twente winger Ryo Miyaichi came on in the 81st minute.