Holland recalls Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart was recalled to the Holland squad Friday for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Romania after proving his fitness to coach Louis van Gaal.
Van der Vaart sat out recent wins over Turkey and Hungary after suffering a disrupted preseason because of his move from Tottenham to Hamburg.
De Jong and Affelay also were transferred late in the summer window, the former from Manchester City to AC Milan and the latter from Barcelona to Schalke.
But it is van der Vaart's return which is likely to be the most important with the former Real Madrid man likely to go straight into the side to replace the injured Wesley Sneijder.
"We concluded he is incredibly fit and that's good news because I already knew he is a great footballer,'' van Gaal said.
Holland plays Andorra in Rotterdam next Friday before visiting Romania four days later.
"I hope and expect Mathijsen will play, Robben is more difficult,'' van Gaal said.
The Holland squad is: