Van Basten omits Ruud from latest Holland squad
Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has again been left out of the provisional Holland squad to face Bulgaria and Albania in next month's Euro 2008 qualifiers.
The Real Madrid forward has yet to feature since losing his starting place in Marco van Basten's line-up during the World Cup.
New Liverpool signing Dirk Kuyt and recent Blackburn acquisition Andre Ooijer are both included.
The Netherlands take on Bulgaria in the Vassil Levski Stadium in Sofia on October 7 before meeting Albania in the Amsterdam ArenA four days later in the final qualifier of 2006.
Van Basten will confirm his final squad on September 29.
Provisional squad: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Henk Timmer (Feyenoord), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United); Urby Emanuelson, John Heitinga (both Ajax), Tim de Cler, Kew Jaliens (both AZ), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Andre Ooijer (Blackburn Rovers), Khalid Boulahrouz (Chelsea), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg); Wesley Sneijder (Ajax), Stijn Schaars, Demy de Zeeuw (both AZ), Nigel de Jong (HSV), Denny Landzaat (Wigan Athletic); Ryan Babel, Klaas Jan Huntelaar (both Ajax), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic).