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Friday, August 10, 2012
Van Gaal selects first squad

ESPN staff

Louis van Gaal has finalised his first squad as Netherlands manager ahead of the friendly with neighbours Belgium on August 15.

Van Gaal has now cut down his preliminary 32-man squad to 24 for the game, although Bruno Martins Indi was a surprise addition to the final squad.

The Feyenoord defender had impressed in the Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev in midweek. "I thought he was a real revelation," Van Gaal said of the player. "The question now is whether he can make the step-up to the top level."

Khalid Boulahrouz, Ron Vlaar, Gregory van der Wiel, Stijn Schaars, Vurnon Anita, Jordy Clasie, Siem de Jong, Luuk de Jong and Ola John all missed the cut.

Netherlands squad: Tim Krul (Newcastle), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea); John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Malaga), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Nick Viergever (AZ Alkmaar), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord); Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan), Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar); Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahge), Luciano Narsingh (PSV Eindhoven), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Bas Dost (Wolfsburg), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven).

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