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Van Gaal recalls established stars

By Football News



Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has recalled several experienced players for his side's World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Romania.

Rafael van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay, Nigel de Jong and Gregory van der Wiel were all left out of the Netherlands squad that saw off Turkey and Hungary in their opening qualification matches.

But all four have been included in the provisional 30-man squad named by van Gaal on Wednesday.

Van Gaal's men occupy second place in Group D, level on points with Romania, having both taken maximum hauls from their first two encounters.

Netherlands host Andorra on October 12, before travelling to Romania four days later.

Netherlands: Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Newcastle), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

Defenders: Douglas (Twente), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Nick Viergever (AZ Alkmaar), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven)

Midfielders: Vurnon Anita (Newcastle), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar), Luciano Narsingh (PSV Eindhoven), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg)

Attackers: Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke), Bas Dost (Wolfsburg), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord), Luuk de Jong (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)