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Sneijder, Van der Vaart get Netherlands nod

Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart have been recalled to the Netherlands squad for this month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has opted to include Feyenoord youngsters Jean-Paul Boetius and Tonny Vilhena in his 26-man provisional squad for the games against Estonia and Romania, while goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg also received the nod.

Boetius and Vilhena, both 18, have been in good form for Feyenoord so far this season and could make their senior debut only weeks after they were capped at Under-21 level for the first time.

Utrecht defender Mike van der Hoorn could make his Holland debut as well after receiving his first call-up.

Meanwhile, Sneijder, Stekelenburg and Van der Vaart make their comeback after missing the international friendly against Italy last month.

Sneijder who had been dropped after being frozen out of the Inter Milan first team, is back in action following his switch to Galatasaray, while Stekelenburg has featured more reguarly for club side Roma in recent weeks.

Tim Krul, Bruno Martins Indi and Ron Vlaar all miss out due to injury, while Jeremain Lens was left out for disciplinary reasons after he was involved in a post-match brawl following PSV Eindhoven’s Eredivisie loss to Feyenoord.

The match against Estonia takes place on March 22, with the Romania game four days later. Both matches will be held at Ajax’s AmsterdamArena.

Netherlands:

Goalkeepers: Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma)

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Mike van der Hoorn (Utrecht), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Jetro Willems (PSV), Joris Mathijsen (Feyenoord), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea), Adam Maher (AZ), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord)

Attackers: Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Ola John (Benfica), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Bas Dost (Wolfsburg), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord)

Wed 6 March, 2013
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