(Sporting Alert) — Manchester United forward Robin van Persie starts tonight for the Netherlands against Italy in a football international friendly.
Van Persie has been in great form for the Premier League leaders since his move from Arsenal in the summer and will want to add to his tally on international duties with Holland.
Dirk Kuyt and Arjen Robben both start on the bench, with Jeremain Lens and Ola John playing alongside van Persie in the attack.
Meanwhile, AC Milan new signing Mario Balotelli plays with fellow club-mate Stephan El Shaarawy in the attack for Italy with Juventus experienced playmaker Andrea Pirlo also starting.
Antonio Candreva gets the nod to play with Balotelli and El Shaarawy, while Daniele De Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo are in midfield.
Holland v Italy Starting Teams
Holland: Krul, Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Clasie, Strootman, Maher, Lens, van Persie, John
Subs: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Vlaar, Mathijsen, Kuyt, de Guzman, van Ginkel , Robben
Italy: Buffon, Abate, Astori, Barzagli, Santon, De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo, Candreva, Balotelli, El Shaarawy
Subs: De Sanctis, Verratti, Peluso, Florenzi, Gastaldello, Ranocchia, Gilardino, Osvaldo, Diamanti, Nocerino, Giaccherini, Sirigu, Marchetti
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)