Netherlands without injured Robben and Sneijder against Andorra and Romania

Stefan Coerts
Netherlands without injured Robben and Sneijder against Andorra and Romania

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.

Name

Club


Goalkeepers:

 


Maarten Stekelenburg

Roma


Kenneth Vermeer

Ajax


Michel Vorm

Swansea


Defenders:

 


John Heitinga

Everton


Ricardo van Rhijn

Ajax


Nick Viergever

AZ


Ron Vlaar

Aston Villa


Bruno Martins Indi

Feyenoord


Daryl Janmaat

Feyenoord


Midfielders

 


Urby Emanuelson

AC Milan


Ibrahim Afellay

Schalke


Kevin Strootman

PSV


Rafael van der Vaart

Hamburg


Nigel de Jong

AC Milan


Attackers:

 


Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Schalke


Dirk Kuyt

Fenerbahce


Ruben Schaken

Feyenoord


Luciano Narsingh

PSV


Jeremain Lens

PSV


Robin van Persie

Manchester United