Guus Hiddink has named his 25-man preliminary Netherlands squad for next months friendly against Italy and the first Euro qualifier versus Czech Republic.

  • By Michael Bell
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nethargNetherlands travel to Italy for a friendly on the 3rd of September, before starting their European Championship qualifying campaign in the Czech Republic on the 9th of September.

Stoke City left back Erik Pieters is the surprise name in the 25-man preliminary squad, while both Gregory van der Wiel, and Rafael van der Vaart are back after missing the World Cup with injury. Feyenoord’s Terence Kongolo, and soon to be Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman miss out.

The full Netherlands squad is:

Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Newcastle), Michael Vorm (Tottenham), Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Jeroen Zoet (PSV)

Defenders: Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle), Stefan de Vri (Lazio), Bruno Martins Indi (Porto), Erik Pieters (Stoke City), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Gregory van der Wiel (PSG), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)

Midfielders:  Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Leroy Fer (QPR), Daley Blind (Ajax), Georginio Winaldum (PSV), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce)




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