Van Nistelrooy out of Dutch World Cup squad

08:58, May 12, 2010      

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Ruud van Nistelrooy was omitted from the Netherlands' preliminary World Cup squad on Tuesday.

Coach Bert van Marwijk said the Hamburg forward was now fit but that a long-term absence had ended his chances.

Van Nistelrooy made last appearance for the Netherlands at the 2008 European Championship. Though the striker wanted to play in South Africa, Van Marwijk said he wasn't at his best after injuring his knee while playing for Real Madrid.

There were no major suprises in the 30-man squad, which included Liverpool duo Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt, along with John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong and Robin van Persie.

Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder and Bayern Munich's Mark van Bommel along with teammate Arjen Robben are also in the squad.

Following is the squad:

Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Sander Boschker (FC Twente), Michel Vorm (Utrecht).

Defenders: Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Khalid Boulahrouz ( Stuttgart), Edson Braafheid (Celtic), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel ( Ajax).

Midfielders: Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Otman Bakkal (PSV Eindhoven), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Wout Brama (FC Twente) , Orlando Engelaar (PSV Eindhoven), Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven) , Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), David Mendes da Silva (AZ Alkmaar), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax).

Strikers: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (Hamburger SV), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jeremain Lens ( AZ Alkmaar), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan).

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张洪宇)

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