Netherlands

Van Nistelrooy not included in Dutch squad for World Cup while Babel makes final 23.

    The Dutch have yet to win the World Cup despite reaching two finals [Reuters]

    One of the best sides never to win the World Cup, the Dutch are credited with creating the ideology of Total Football – in which players can adapt to play in any position on the pitch.

    Having narrowly lost World Cup Finals in 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands' latest crop of prodigies hope to go one better than legends such as Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit by finally lifting the trophy in South Africa.

    Stars like Inter's Wesley Sneijder, Arsenal's Robin van Persie and Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben will be well aware of the team's tendency to disappoint on the big stage as they bid to take their perfect record from qualification into the finals.

    Group E fixtures

    Monday June 14

     
    Netherlands v Denmark
     Japan v Cameroon 

    Saturday June 19


     
    Netherlands v Japan 
     Cameroon v Denmark 

    Thursday June 24


     
    Denmark v Japan 
     Cameroon v Netherlands

    Goalkeepers:

    Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam), Sander Boschker (Twente Enschede), Michel Vorm (Utrecht).

    Defenders:

    Khalid Boulahrouz (VFB Stuttgart), Edson Braafheid (Celtic Glasgow), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (SV Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax Amsterdam).

    Midfielders:

    Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Internazionale), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax Amsterdam).

    Forwards:

    Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (SV Hamburg), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich).

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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