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Four debutants in Dutch squad for Indonesia and China friendlies


20:55, May 22, 2013

THE HAGUE, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday named four debutants in the Netherlands squad for the Asia trip to Indonesia and China in June.

Heracles Almelo midfielder Lerin Duarte, Feyenoord leftback Miquel Nelom, Swansea City defender Dwight Tiendalli and FC Utrecht midfielder Jens Toornstra are all part of the squad.

Ajax reserve goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who did not earn a cap yet, was part of the squad as well. However, for Cillessen it was not his first call-up, because he also was part of the Dutch team which played internationals in Brazil and Uruguay in 2011.

The Dutch squad for the Asia trip is not the strongest possible, because the Dutch football association KNVB preferred all eligible players to play at the European U21 championships from June 5 to June 18 in Israel. Twelve players who already played for the first team, like Kevin Strootman, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi and Adam Maher, are part of the Under 21 squad.

Experienced stars like captain Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben are part of the squad of 21 players. 'Oranje' will play Indonesia on June 7 in Jakarta and China on June 11 in Beijing.

Netherlands squad for Indonesia and China

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

Defenders: John Heitinga (Everton), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Miquel Nelom (Feyenoord), Erik Pieters (PSV), Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Lerin Duarte (Heracles Almelo), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Jens Toornstra (FC Utrecht), Rafael van der Vaart (HSV)

Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (PSV), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting CP).

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