Van der Sar continues international career
AMSTERDAM, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was named on Wednesday in a provisional Dutch squad to face Ireland in a friendly after shelving thoughts of retiring from international football.
Netherlands coach Marco van Basten said after their second round defeat by Portugal at the World Cup that Van der Sar had doubts about continuing and might opt to focus solely on United.
But Van Basten included the keeper in a 31-man squad named on Wednesday for the game in Dublin on Aug. 16. A spokesman for the Dutch football association (KNVB) confirmed the 35-year-old was continuing with the side.
Van der Sar won his 113th cap, a Dutch record, in their defeat by the Portuguese in Germany.
Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Henk Timmer (Feyenoord), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United); Urby Emanuelson, John Heitinga (both Ajax), Tim de Cler, Kew Jaliens, Joris Mathijsen, Gijs Luirink, Barry Opdam (all AZ Alkmaar), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven); Hedwiges Maduro, Wesley Sneijder (both Ajax), Stijn Schaars (AZ), Mark van Bommel (Barcelona), Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart (both Hamburg), George Boateng (Middlesbrough), Denny Landzaat (Wigan); Ryan Babel, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (both Ajax), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Romeo Castelen, Dirk Kuyt (both Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven).