(Sporting Alert) — Rafael Van der Vaart, who scored after coming on as a substitute in the win over Estonia last week, has been handed a starting place for the Netherlands in today’s World Cup qualifier against Romania.
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Van der Vaart replaces the injured Wesley Sneijder, who was forced to leave last Friday’s game with a groin injury. Holland went on to win 3-0.
Manchester forward Robin Van Persie and Jeremain Lens, who have three goals for the Netherlands in qualifiers start in the attack alongside Arjen Robben, who was very impressive against Estonia.
Jonathan de Guzman keeps his place in midfield and plays with Kevin Strootman in the middle, while Kenneth Vermeer continues in goal ahead of Maarten Stekelenburg and Michel Vorm.
Meanwhile, Adrian Mutu and leading qualifying scorer Gabriel Torje start on the bench for Romania.
Costel Pantilimon is in goal with Gheorghe Grozav leading the attack.
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Netherlands v Romania
Netherlands: Vermeer, Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, de Guzman, Strootman, Van der Vaart, Lens, van Persie, Robben
Subs: Stekelenburg, Van Rhijn, Vlaar, Mathijsen, Kuyt, Clasie, Schaken, Vilhena, De Jong, Maher, John, Vorm
Romania: Pantilimon, Rat, Tamas, Gardos, Chiriches, Bourceanu, Popa, Pintilii, Tanase, Stancu, Grozav
Subs: Tatarusanu, Luchin, Grigore, Mutu, Torje, Chipciu, Keseru, Radu, Rusescu, Maxim, Lung Jr
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)