(SportingAlert.com) — Louis van Gaal has announced his Netherlands final 23-man World Cup 2014 squad, as he prepares for a difficult group in Brazil next month.

The 23-man squad, which is without the injured Rafael van der Vaart, who was forced to miss the tournament with a calf problem, sees Manchester City’s Karim Rekik, Feyenoord pair Tonny Vilhena and Jean-Paul Boetius, PSV’s Jeroen Zoet, Twente’s Quincy Promes and Chelsea’s Patrick van Aanholt also dropped.

Included though are Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce’s former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt.

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

Defenders: Daley Blind, Joel Veltman (both Ajax), Stefan de Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi, (all Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven).

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).


Milton Blake has been with SportingAlert since first launch. The former college basketball player enjoys covering college sports, with NCAA basketball mainly on his list.

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