Louis van Gaal has announced his 20-man squad for Netherlands' upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Romania, and star players Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben are not part of it.
The veteran coach will have to make do without the services of the oft-injured duo, while Tim Krul and Jetro Willems are unavailable due to physical problems, too. Other notable absentees are Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel and Manchester United's Alexander Buttner.
"Van der Wiel doesn't get enough playing time yet at PSG, and (Ricardo) Van Rhijn and (Daryl) Janmaat are doing a good job in his position. Buttner needs regular match action, too," Van Gaal said.
Rafael van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay and Nigel de Jong were left out of the Netherlands squad that saw off Turkey and Hungary in their opening qualification matches, but they return to the team again.
Van Gaal's men currently occupy second place in Group D, level on points with Romania, having both taken maximum hauls from their first two encounters.
The Netherlands hosts Andorra on Oct. 12, before travelling to Romania four days later.
|Ricardo van Rhijn||Ajax|
|Ron Vlaar||Aston Villa|
|Bruno Martins Indi||Feyenoord|
|Urby Emanuelson||AC Milan|
|Rafael van der Vaart||Hamburg|
|Nigel de Jong||AC Milan|
|Robin van Persie||Manchester United|
- Manchester United
- Gregory van der Wiel
- Ibrahim Afellay
- Wesley Sneijder
- Arjen Robben
- Nigel de Jong