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Lance Knight2010-05-09 02:42:56 +0000 #1
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ZEIST, Netherlands, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Netherlands coach Marco van Basten left out Patrick Kluivert and Philip Cocu as he called up six new players on Thursday when he named his first squad ahead of next week's friendly against Sweden.

The most surprising name in the squad, which shows nine changes from Euro 2004, is Fulham striker Collins John who is preferred to Feyenoord's Dirk Kuijt.

The other new names are Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, defender Jan Kromkamp from AZ Alkmaar, forwards Dave van den Bergh of Utrecht and Feyenoord's Romeo Castelen plus Arsenal winger Robin van Persie.

Van Basten explained that Kluivert has to establish himself at his new English club Newcastle United, while after talking to Cocu they agreed the midfielder would focus on getting fully fit after an ankle injury had disrupted his pre-season.

'Kluivert has had a poor preparation for this season and first has to prove at his club that he's scoring and that a spot in the squad would be a logical choice,' said Van Basten, who decided at the end of July to take over from Dick Advocaat.

Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and Chelsea's new winger Arjen Robben are out of action after being sidelined with a groin and foot injury respectively and Van Basten has opted for John over Kuijt up front for tactical reasons.

'We chose John because he plays more from the right side while Dirk Kuijt, who had a good pre-season and is developing well, is more a central striker. With (Pierre) Van Hooijdonk and (Roy) Makaay we already have two of those,' said Van Basten.

Van Basten and his technical staff had a meeting last Tuesday with Advocaat, who resigned after the Dutch lost 2-1 in the Euro 2004 semi-finals to hosts Portugal.

'We requested a meeting with Advocaat and were pleased that he could tell us all about his last two years with the Dutch team,' said Van Basten.

One other change made by Van Basten is the use of sports psychologist Erik Reep, who has been employed to give his support to the players and technical staff.

'I think this group needs a sports psychologist because all are playing on a high level and have to perform match after match,' said Van Basten.

'In my days at (AC) Milan we used (one) and I have to say it worked out really well because you are judged and condemned after every match you play.'

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Fulham, England), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam)

Defenders: John Heitinga (Ajax Amsterdam), Nigel de Jong (Ajax Amsterdam), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona, Spain), Kevin Hofland (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), Jan Kromkamp (AZ Alkmaar)

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Ajax Amsterdam), Edgar Davids (Inter Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax Amsterdam), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards: Pierre van Hooijdonk (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich, Germany), Robin van Persie (Arsenal, England), Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord), Collins John (Fulham, England), Dave van den Bergh (Utrecht)


Eisenhower2010-05-09 02:49:24 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by gothic priest

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ZEIST, Netherlands, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Netherlands coach Marco van Basten left out Patrick Kluivert and Philip Cocu as he called up six new players on Thursday when he named his first squad ahead of next week's friendly against Sweden.

The most surprising name in the squad, which shows nine changes from Euro 2004, is Fulham striker Collins John who is preferred to Feyenoord's Dirk Kuijt.

The other new names are Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, defender Jan Kromkamp from AZ Alkmaar, forwards Dave van den Bergh of Utrecht and Feyenoord's Romeo Castelen plus Arsenal winger Robin van Persie.

Van Basten explained that Kluivert has to establish himself at his new English club Newcastle United, while after talking to Cocu they agreed the midfielder would focus on getting fully fit after an ankle injury had disrupted his pre-season.

'Kluivert has had a poor preparation for this season and first has to prove at his club that he's scoring and that a spot in the squad would be a logical choice,' said Van Basten, who decided at the end of July to take over from Dick Advocaat.

Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and Chelsea's new winger Arjen Robben are out of action after being sidelined with a groin and foot injury respectively and Van Basten has opted for John over Kuijt up front for tactical reasons.

'We chose John because he plays more from the right side while Dirk Kuijt, who had a good pre-season and is developing well, is more a central striker. With (Pierre) Van Hooijdonk and (Roy) Makaay we already have two of those,' said Van Basten.

Van Basten and his technical staff had a meeting last Tuesday with Advocaat, who resigned after the Dutch lost 2-1 in the Euro 2004 semi-finals to hosts Portugal.

'We requested a meeting with Advocaat and were pleased that he could tell us all about his last two years with the Dutch team,' said Van Basten.

One other change made by Van Basten is the use of sports psychologist Erik Reep, who has been employed to give his support to the players and technical staff.

'I think this group needs a sports psychologist because all are playing on a high level and have to perform match after match,' said Van Basten.

'In my days at (AC) Milan we used (one) and I have to say it worked out really well because you are judged and condemned after every match you play.'

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Fulham, England), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam)

Defenders: John Heitinga (Ajax Amsterdam), Nigel de Jong (Ajax Amsterdam), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona, Spain), Kevin Hofland (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany), Jan Kromkamp (AZ Alkmaar)

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Ajax Amsterdam), Edgar Davids (Inter Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax Amsterdam), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards: Pierre van Hooijdonk (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich, Germany), Robin van Persie (Arsenal, England), Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord), Collins John (Fulham, England), Dave van den Bergh (Utrecht)

marco van basten!!!!!!!!!

isnt barca player:P

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