Netherlands drop Wesley Sneijder
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has dropped Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder from his squad and warned him he must improve his fitness if he wants an international return.
Sneijder, 29, who was replaced as captain by Robin van Persie, will miss the friendly game against Portugal.
The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan man has complained that Van Gaal didn’t call him to explain his omission. However, the coach has stood firm.
"I have the idea he doesn't get it,'' Van Gaal said at a news conference. "Sneijder has to get fit first, and then get in form, he's got to focus himself on that. Then, with his talent, he'll probably play.''
Chelsea new boy Marco van Ginkel is one of five Premier League players in the 22-man squad.
Full Netherlands squad:
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Joris Mathijsen (Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)
Midfielders: Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Kevin Strootman (AS Roma), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburger SV), Stijn Schaars (PSV), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)
Strikers: Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord).