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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 5, 2007

Van Basten blasts Ruud when naming his squad

ZEIST, Netherlands, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Dutch coach Marco van Basten said on Friday he will no longer consider picking Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Real Madrid striker had basically 'resigned' from the national squad.

Van Basten, who was naming a 20-man squad for next week's friendly against Russia in Amsterdam, said he had no intention of picking the player again.

'Ruud more or less resigned from the job and that closes the case for me,' Van Basten told reporters.

'We believe it is a shame after we had an open and honest conversation but we will not take any further initiatives.'

Last week van Nistelrooy said he no longer wished to be considered for the squad because he had no confidence in van Basten. He has played 54 times for the Netherlands, scoring 28 goals.

His absence, combined with the absence of the injured Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben has reduced van Basten's attacking opportunities.

Van Persie, sidelined for weeks with a broken metatarsal, has been impressive in the opening four Dutch European Championship qualifying matches with four goals.

Van Basten kept Klaas Jan Huntelaar in his squad despite his struggling form.

'Huntelaar is going through a tough period, that's obvious' added Van Basten.

'But it is a logical development in his career, after he had a great period after his transfer to Ajax. Now he has to get used to the fact he gets more attention from defenders.'

Wilfred Bouma was recalled to the squad in central defence in place of Andre Ooijer who is out with a broken leg.

Defender Urby Emanuelson has also pulled out of the Dutch squad.

The Ajax Amsterdam player sustained a knee injury during the 4-1 victory against Feyenoord on Sunday.

Dutch coach Marco van Basten will also be without goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar after he sustained a broken nose and concussion during Manchester United's 4-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Feyenoord's Henk Timmer has been called up to replace him.

Goalkeepers: Henk Timmer (Feyenoord), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam)

Defenders: Wilfred Bouma (Aston Villa), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), John Heitinga (Ajax Amsterdam), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (PSV Eindhoven), Joris Mathijsen (SV Hamburg)

Midfielders: Nigel de Jong (SV Hamburg), Denny Landzaat (Wigan Athletic), David Mendes da Silva (AZ Alkmaar), Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax Amsterdam), Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg).

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Ajax Amsterdam), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax Amsterdam), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic Glasgow)

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