FIFA Ranking: 3

Coach: Marco Van Basten

Key players: Ruud van Nistelrooy, Mark van Bommel, Edwin van der Sar

World Cup record: Eighth appearance

Best finish: Runner-up 1974, 1978

Last appearance: Semi finals

Qualifying route: Won European Group One

Key question: Can the Netherlands return to the World Cup and claim what many believe is an overdue first title?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Edwin van der Sar 1
Henk Timmer 22
Maarten Stekelenburg 23
Defenders
Kew Jaliens 2
Khalid Boulahrouz 3
Joris Mathijsen 4
Giovanni van Bronckhorst 5
Jan Kromkamp 12
André Ooijer 13
Johnny Heitinga 14
Tim de Cler 15
Midfielders
Denny Landzaat 6
Phillip Cocu 8
Rafael van der Vaart 10
Hedwiges Maduro 16
Mark van Bommel 18
Wesley Sneijder 20
Forwards
Dirk Kuyt 7
Ruud van Nistelrooy 9
Arjen Robben 11
Robin van Persie 17
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink 19
Ryan Babel 21

Group matches:

v Serbia & Montenegro, 13:00 GMT, Sunday 11th June - Leipzig

v Ivory Coast, 16:00 GMT, Friday 16th June - Stuttgart

v Argentina, 19:00 GMT, Wednesday 21st June - Frankfurt