AMSTERDAM (Sporting Alert) — Leading striker Robin van Persie starts after team news initially suggested that he would start on the bench for the Netherlands in the friend warm-up game against Bulgaria at Amsterdam ArenA tonight.

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The Arsenal captain and Barclays Premier League top goalscorer will start alongside Klaas Jan Huntelaar as several other changes have been made available from the first sending out.

Dirk Kuyt is now on the bench, but Mark van Bommel, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder all start the game for the Orange.

Tim Krul is the man starting between the post, with Michel Vorm, which saw action in midweek in the defeat to Bayern Munich and Maarten Stekelenburg both on the bench.

The star-studded bench also has Arjen Robben and Ibrahim Afellay and ready to play any part.

Holland are in a very tough Group B at the EURO 2012 – along with Denmark, Portugal and Germany.

Bulgaria will be hoping to win the battle in midfield and have employed a 4-1-4-1 system tonight.

Holland vs Bulgaria

Holland: Krul, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems, Van Bommel, N, De Jong, Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Huntelaar, van Persie
Subs: Stekelenburg, Boulahrouz, Vlaar, Bouma, Schaars, Strootman, Robben, Kuyt, Narsingh, L, De Jong, Vorm

Bulgaria: Kolev, Ivanov, Bodurov, I, Minev, V, Minev, Manolev, G, Milanov, Dyakov, Gadzhev, Popov, Bojinov
Subs: Chvorovich, V, Iliev, Zanev, Stoyanov, Mitsanski, Zlatinski, Tonev, Velev

Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Spain)


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