Dick Advocaat has confirmed his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with France and Bulgaria.

Netherlands face France on the 31st of August in Paris before hosting Bulgaria four days later. Both matches are crucial with Oranje currently sitting third in their qualifying group, three points behind both France and Sweden.

The big news is that Robin van Persie is included, with Advocaat stating the veteran is still one of the Netherlands best forwards, despite concerns over his fitness. It’s his first call up since the 3-2 defeat to Czech Republic in 2015.

Also included for the first time is Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, who is rewarded for his good form early in the season, while Karim Rekik and Marco van Ginkel return. Missing out are Eljero Elia and Ryan Babel, who were included in the provisional squad.

The full selection can be seen below:

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