AMSTERDAM (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, despite his long scoring drought recently, starts for Holland in their World Cup 2014 encounter with Estonia at Amsterdam Arena.
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Van Persie has gone some seven games without scoring the Barclays Premier League leaders, but has gotten the nod to start at center-forward with Jeremain Lens and Arjen Robben playing on either side of him.
There are also starts for Jonathan de Guzman, Kevin Strootman and the dangerous Wesley Sneijder, with Kenneth Vermeer getting the start in goal ahead of Maarten Stekelenburg and Michel Vorm, who are both on the bench.
Former Tottenham attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is also on the bench, along with former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt.
Holland v Estonia
Holland: Vermeer, Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, de Guzman, Strootman, Sneijder, van Persie, Lens, Robben
Subs: Stekelenburg, Van Rhijn, Vlaar, Mathijsen, Kuyt, Clasie, Schaken, Vilhena, De Jong, Van der Vaart, John, Vorm
Estonia: Pareiko, Kruglov, Jaager, Morozov, Klavan, Teniste, Puri, Vassiljev, Vunk, Ojamaa, Oper
Subs: Londak, Sisov, Piiroja, Kink, Zenjov, Mosnikov, Purje, Lindpere, Ahjupera
Referee: Vitaliy Meshkov (Russia)