Dutch name seven Premier League stars
Friday, 24 February, 2012
Bert van Marwijk selects 24-man squad for Wembley clash.
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Dutch Head Coach Bert van Marwijk has named seven Premier League stars in his 24-man squad to take on England on Wednesday night.
Tottenham Hotspur schemer Rafa van der Vaart and Arsenal top scorer Robin van Persie, who go head to head in the north London derby on Sunday, afternoon will link up with their national team for the clash at Wembley.
After a long wait for his first Wembley appearance, it could be two games under the Arch in four days for Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, who will join up following the League Cup Final on Sunday.
Everton defender Johnny Heitinga and Manchester City enforcer Nigel de Jong are also in the squad along with two Premier League stoppers, Tim Krul from Newcastle United and Michel Vorm from Swansea City. Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma, who is currently on loan at Hamburg in the Bundesliga, is also included.
Van Marwijk has also called in two other players who have previously plied their trade in England - ex-Chelsea pair Khalid Boulahrouz and Arjen Robben, now at Stuttgart and Bayern Munich respectively.
Twente's Ola John and Heerenveen's Luciano Narsingh have both earned their first call ups for the Oranje. Narsingh has played ten times for the Under-21s, while John, who made his debut at that level during the Euro 2013 Qualifier against Bulgaria, has three Under-21s caps.
Ahead of Wednesday encounter, van Marwijk is looking forward to a game that was originally planned for August, before safety concerns in London caused the game to be postponed.
"Playing at Wembley is something special and for me as coach I have never been to the new Wembley. But playing against England is never a friendly, just like matches against Germany, Brazil or Uruguay.
"The match will be a very important game for both of us. It will be in the middle of a long season and of course I hope I can count on my key players."
He added: "After our magnificent qualification for Euro 2012, we lost for the first time in a long time. You can always learn from every game you play and we are very confident for the upcoming matches."
Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart), Jeffrey Bruma (HSV), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Málaga), Erik Pieters (PSV), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord)
Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan), Ola John (FC Twente), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Arjen Robben (Bayern München), Wesley Sneijder (Internazionale), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Stijn Schaars (Sporting Lisbon), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Luciano Narsingh (SC Heerenveen)
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