Louis van Gaal names 23-man Netherlands squad

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal names his final 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer.

The experienced manager, who will take charge of Manchester United following the conclusion of the tournament, initially named a 30-man squad for the competition in Brazil.

However, Van Gaal has now cut that number by seven, with experienced midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who has a calf injury, the notable absentee.

Jeroen Zoet, Patrick van Aanholt, Karim Rekik, Jean-Paul Boetius, Quincy Promes and Tonny Vilhena have also been axed from the squad.

Regular faces include skipper Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder – all of whom featured in the 2010 tournament, when the Oranje finished runners-up to Spain.

Squad:

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

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

Midfielders: Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray)

Forwards: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Memphis Depay (PSV)

Robin van Persie of Holland during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifing match between Holland and Hungary at Amsterdam Arena on October 11, 2013
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