Makaay, Seedorf left off Dutch World Cup roster

April 21, 2006

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Roy Makaay and Clarence Seedorf were omitted from provisional 33-man World Cup roster announced Friday by Netherlands coach Marco van Basten.

Makaay, a forward with Bayern Munich, was left off in favor of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the Dutch league's leading scorer. Van Basten included midfielders Edgar Davids, George Boateng, Mark van Bommel and Wesley Sneijder, leaving no room for Seedorf, who hasn't played for the national team since Van Basten became coach in July 2004.

The final 23-man roster must be submitted to FIFA on May 15.

The full roster: Goalkeepers: Patrick Lodewijks (Feyenoord), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United, England), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam), Henk Timmer (AZ Alkmaar)

Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg, Germany), Wilfred Bouma (Aston Villa, England), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona, Spain), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Urby Emanuelson (Ajax Amsterdam), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool, England), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Barry Opdam (AZ Alkmaar), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord Rotterdam)

Midfielders: George Boateng (Middlesbrough, England), Mark van Bommel (Barcelona, Spain), Phillip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven), Edgar Davids (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Nigel de Jong (Hamburg, Germany), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax Amsterdam), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax Amsterdam), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg, Germany)

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Ajax Amsterdam), Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax Amsterdam), Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Martijn Meerdink (AZ Alkmaar), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United, England), Robin van Persie (Arsenal, England), Arjen Robben (Chelsea, England), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven)


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