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De Jong, Van der Wiel earn recalls

September 25, 2013
By ESPN staff

Nigel de Jong and Gregory van der Wiel have both been recalled to the Netherlands squad for next month's World Cup qualifying double-header against Hungary and Turkey.

Nigel de Jong in action for AC Milan
GettyImagesNigel de Jong has returned to full fitness at AC Milan.

The Royal Dutch Football Association announced coach Louis van Gaal’s selection of 25 players on Wednesday.

De Jong lost his place in the squad for much of last season due to an Achilles injury, but he has now fought his way back to full fitness at AC Milan.

Van der Wiel, meanwhile, has been rewarded for earning himself a regular starting spot at Paris Saint-Germain this season after a difficult maiden Ligue 1 campaign last term.

However, there is no place once again for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen, who was dropped for this month's qualifiers in Estonia and Andorra.

Netherlands, who became the first European country to qualify for next year’s World Cup, take on Hungary in Amsterdam on October 11, before travelling to Istanbul four days later.

Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven).

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV Eindhoven), Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven).

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Stijn Schaars (PSV Eindhoven), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Kevin Strootman (Roma), Rafael van der Vaart(Hamburg SV).

Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

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