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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bert van Marwijk's Netherlands Squad for Brazil and Uruguay Friendlies

For a brief World Cup history of Brazil v. Netherlands, see:

Brazil v. Netherlands: A Brief World Cup History

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk named a 23-man squad for the June 4 friendly against Brazil as follows:

Goalkeepers

Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Jasper Cillessen (NEC Nijmegen)

Defenders


Khalid Boulahrouz (VFB Stuttgart), Edson Braafheid (Hoffenheim), Jeffrey Bruma (Leicester City), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (SV Hamburg), Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax Amsterdam)

Midfielders

Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Kevin Strootman (Utrecht)

Strikers

Eljero Elia (SV Hamburg), Luuk de Jong (Twente Enschede), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04)

The Dutch will be without star midfielder Wesley Sneijder as well as Mark van Bommel, Rafael van der Vaart, Theo Janssen, Jeremain Lens, Michel Vorm, Maarten Stekelenburg, and Demy de Zeeuw due to injury.

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