Netherlands Announce Final 23 Man Squad for Brazil


New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has settled on his final 23-man Netherlands squad to compete in Brazil.

With Robin van Persie skippering the squad before the two meet up at Old Trafford next season, he will be meant to lead a balanced side mixed with exciting young talents and experienced heads.

Along with the Dutch captain, the familiar faces of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt and Nigel de Jong will anchor the side as they try and get out of a tough Group B which includes Spain, Chile and Australia.

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul will battle Swansea’s Michel Vorm for the number one jersey, while Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar will be hoping to secure a birth at the heart of the backline.

The Netherlands will be without playmaker Rafael van der Vaart and Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman as the pair miss out through injury, while Patrick van Aanholt, Jean-Paul Boetius, Karim Rekik and Tonny Vilhenna are among those to have been dropped from van Gaal’s provisional squad.

The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Joel Veltman (Ajax)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United)


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