Netherlands news

Van Gaal recalls Sneijder, three new faces

March 6, 2013

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has re-called Wesley Sneijder and included three new faces in his preliminary squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Romania.

Wesley Sneijder,Stijn Schaars and Ibrahim Afellay celebrates the opening goal
GettyImagesWesley Sneijder is back in the international fold

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Galatasaray midfielder Sneijder returns to the 26-man group having sat out last month's friendly draw with Italy, along with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and Rafael van der Vaart.

Feyenoord duo Jean Paul Boetius and Tonny Vilhena and FC Utrecht defender Mike van der Hoorn have all been handed their first call-ups to the Oranje squad.

Netherlands, who have yet to drop a point in qualifying Group D, face Estonia in Amsterdam ArenA on March 22 before meeting Romania at the same venue four days later.

Netherlands squad: Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea); Daley Blind (Ajax), Mike van der Hoorn (FC Utrecht), Daryl Janmaat, Joris Mathijsen (both Feyenoord), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven); Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord); Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Bas Dost (Wolfsburg), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Ola John (Benfica), Dirk Kuijt (Fenerbahce), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord).

Information from the Press Association was used in this report