Seedorf wins recall to Netherlands squad
AMSTERDAM, Nov 13 (Reuters) - AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has been added to the Netherlands squad for a friendly against England on Wednesday in Amsterdam after two years out of the national side.
Seedorf replaces Ajax Amsterdam's Wesley Sneijder who sustained a knee injury on Sunday in the 1-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch soccer federation said he would undergo a medical investigation on Monday.
The 30-year-old Seedorf, who has won 77 caps, played his last match for the Dutch in Euro 2004.
The midfielder, who won three Champions League finals with three different clubs, said in several interviews last week that he still wanted to play for the Netherlands although coach Marco Van Basten has consistently refused to select him.
'In the last two years I spoke three times with Clarence and explained to him why we didn't invite him,' Van Basten told reporters on Friday.
'Clarence had his chance under five national coaches and never convinced. We chose a new direction two years ago and found no reason to pick him.'
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has withdrawn from the squad because his wife is expecting their first child.
The 23-year-old former Feyenoord star will miss the friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday to be with his spouse.