holland squad

Babel set for striking role as Dutch name squad

November 14, 2008

Liverpool pair Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel have been named alongside Arsenal's Robin van Persie as the only forwards in Holland's squad for the friendly against Sweden in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Coach Bert van Marijk has opted not to name another striker to cover for the injured Klaas Jan Huntelaar, and instead hinted that Babel could be deployed in attack.

''Robin van Persie can play there, just like Dirk Kuyt,'' he said. ''I recently heard Rafael Benitez say that Ryan Babel is a real striker. And even Rafael van der Vaart played last week for a while as striker at Real Madrid. I have my preference, but you will see that soon enough.''

Blackburn's Andre Ooijer is included after recovering from injury.

Holland Squad: Henk Timmer (Feyenoord), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht); Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Tim de Cler (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Atletico Madrid), Dirk Marcellis (PSV Eindhoven), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (Blackburn Rovers); Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Orlando Engelaar (Schalke), Nigel de Jong (Hamburg), Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (AZ Alkmaar); Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal).