Netherlands coach Danny Blind has named his provisional squad for the friendlies with Wales and Germany later this month.

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van persie ned turAfter the failure to qualify for next year’s Euro’s, Netherlands begin their preparation for the World Cup qualifiers with two friendlies this month. Netherlands face Wales on the 11th of November in Cardiff before travelling to Germany three days later.

Coach Danny Blind has decided to drop Netherlands vice-captain and all time top scorer Robin van Persie for the ties, stating his belief that the striker is currently not fit enough, while out of form Memphis Depay is also left out.

Arjen Robben and Jordy Clasie return, while there is a first call-up for Feyenoord midfielder Marko Vejinovic.

The full squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord), Jeroen Zoet (PSV).

Defenders: Jeffrey Bruma (PSV), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton), Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (Marseille), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Kenny Tete (Ajax), Joel Veltman (Ajax).

Midfielders: Daley Blind (Manchester United), Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United), Jordy Clasie (Southampton), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Marko Vejinovic (Feyenoord), Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United).

Attackers: Bas Dost (Wolfsburg), Eljero Elia (Feyenoord), Anwar El Ghazi (Ajax), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Klaas jan Huntelaar (Schalke)

The final squad will be announced within the next week.

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