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Sneijder central to Van Gaal plans

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal insists Wesley Sneijder remains a key player for the national side.

The attacking midfielder was forced to withdraw from the squad for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Romania after picking up a muscular problem against Estonia on Friday, but Van Gaal has assured Sneijder that he has no reason to worry about his future with Oranje.

“Sneijder is my captain and I will not drop him just like that,” Van Gaal told reporters.

“Sneijder, (Rafael) van der Vaart and (Adam) Maher are the candidates for the number 10 position. That’s why I added Maher to the team when Wesley had to pull out.

“The hierarchy can change a bit based on their performances and club form.

“And perhaps there could be a fourth candidate for that position in (Tonny) Vilhena. He has played as a number 10 at Feyenoord a few times and has done a good job there.”

Netherlands sit five points clear at the top of Group D, with a perfect 15 points from five games.

Tue 26 March, 2013
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