Rafael Van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay, Nigel de Jong rejoin Netherlands after summer transfers

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Rafael Van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay and Nigel de Jong are back in the Holland team, while some of the team's veterans and young star Jordy Clasie have been left out.

All of Rafael Van der Vaart, Nigel de Jong and Ibrahim Afellay were left out of Louis van Gaal's last Netherlands squad as they attempted to settle in with their new teams. Now that the three transferred players have established themselves with their new clubs, they've been called into the squad and should feature over the next two matches in some way or another.

Among the young players dropped at the expense of the veterans is Feyenoord star Jordy Clasie, who looked a bit out of his depth in his first two starts under van Gaal. There's still no place in the team for veterans Joris Mathijsen and Mark van Bommel. Even though van Gaal's added some experience to his team for the matches against Andorra and Romania, this is still largely a youth movement. There is one very notable exception, and that is the inclusion of uncapped 30-year-old Ruben Schaken. He has one goal this season and did not start Feyenoord's last match.

Goalkeepers

Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)

Defenders

John Heitinga (Everton), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Nick Viergever (AZ Alkmaar).

Midfielders

Rafael Van der Vaart (Hamburg SV), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Urby Emmanuelson (AC Milan), Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke 04), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven).

Forwards

Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahçe), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven), Luciano Narsingh (PSV Eindhoven), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord).

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