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Van der Sar returns for injury hit Holland

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar has made a surprise return to the Holland squad.

The 37-year-old called time on his international career after Euro 2008 having earned 128 caps, but left the door open for a possible return, saying he would play if coach Bert van Marwijk needed him.

Now with Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg injured, Van Marwijk has selected Van der Sar for both upcoming World Cup qualifiers, against Iceland on October 11 and Norway on October 15.

"This is great," Van Marwijk said as he revealed his squad in Zeist. "Edwin is someone from the another level, he is above all others. He will start both games.

"We deliberated with the technical staff on Wednesday and came to the conclusion we had to call Edwin.

"After that, Frank de Boer and I contacted Edwin and in the evening he called us back with the good news.

"It gave him something of a shock, yes. But he felt mostly flattered. He took some time to think about it and I am happy with his decision."

FC Utrecht keeper Michel Vorm has been named in the squad for the first time.

The 24-year-old has been named as reserve keeper Henk Timmer is carrying an injury.

Also back in the squad is Real Madrid's Wesley Sneijder, who makes his return after being kept out for two months with a knee injury despite not having played for his club side this season. Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Henk Timmer (Feyenoord), Michel Vorm (Utrecht)

Defenders: Tim de Cler (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Atletico Madrid), Joris Mathijsen (SV Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (Blackburn Rovers), Dirk Marcelis (PSV Eindhoven)

Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Orlando Engelaar (Schalke 04), Nigel de Jong (SV Hamburg), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax Amsterdam), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Real Madrid), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic), Ryan Babel (Liverpool).

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