(Sporting Alert) — Arjen Robben andare among the starters for the Netherlands in today’s friendly football international game clash with Japan.
Jeremain Lens and Kevin Strootman both start as well as the 2010 World Cup finalist continue their preparation for next summer’s tournament against fellow Brazil bound outfits, Japan.
Holland are without Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who pulled out of the squad with foot and groin injuries early in the week, so Siem de Jong leads the attack.
There is also no Klaas jan Huntelaar, and Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the squad so head coach Louis van Gaal will be using the game to see who will capable of stepping up.
“It will be interesting to see how we manage without Van Persie. We have to show how we are when he’s not available. That could always be a scenario in Brazil,” said Van Gaal
“Because Van Wolfswinkel and Huntelaar are injured, we don’t have many strikers. They are the ones behind Van Persie, but that can change if someone steps up now.
“Siem de Jong is a back-up plan in case of emergency, just like he is at Ajax. Lens is also an option as central striker, especially when we come ahead in a match. It’s nice to experience something like this so we can solve a problem.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa is only on the bench for Japan, but Keisuke Honda, Makoto Hasebe and Shinji Okazaki are all starters in this contest.