Sneijder not selected for backyard kick-about with son

Another blow for the drifting Dutchman

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Despite his abundance of natural talent and unquestioned ability to turn a game, Wesley Sneijder was left out of yesterday evening'™s garden kick-around with son Jessey in favour of an avuncular neighbour.

It has been a tough season for Dutch international Sneijder, who has been frozen out at Inter after refusing to take a pay cut to his £4.8m salary.

Sneijder has been repeatedly left out of the starting XI by coach Andrea Stramaccioni and hasn't even been issued a standard team shirt, instead being expected to fashion his own.

The latest blow to Sneijder'™s pride has come closer to home, at his house, when he discovered late yesterday afternoon that he hadn'™t been selected to play against his six-year-old son.

Wife Yolanthe Cabau instead opted to call on well-meaning next-door neighbour Enzo Giacomello, a slightly portly 56-year-old account manager for a refrigeration firm in Como.

Giacomello, whose last outing was a tense 4-2 victory over his nephew Michele nearly six years ago, admitted he was surprised but flattered to get the nod.

"œIt came somewhat out of the blue," he told FourFourTwo. "œWesley has had his struggles, which have been well publicised, but he can clearly still do a job at this level.

"œIt was a bit of a shock when I arrived to play and found Wesley staring forlornly out of the window - I had presumed he wasn'™t around.

"Given that he'™s the boy'™s biological father and a professional footballer, whereas I'™m some guy called Enzo, I would've expected him to be chosen, but those aren'™t my decisions to make."

Despite appearing in the 2010 World Cup Final, Sneijder'™s form has been poor against Jessey, who seems to be something of a bogey opponent.

Sneijder has lost his last three games against his young son, including a heartbreaking 20-19 defeat a month ago that saw the older player blow away a sizeable lead after a costly decision to check on Jessey's dinner in the oven.