There was only one surprise as 20-year-old center back
Terence Kongolo kept his place in the squad despite being taken
off at half-time on his international against Ecuador last week,
while Patrick van Aanholt fell out of contention when he was
expected to be chosen as a back-up left back.
Van Gaal also dropped PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet and
four players from the Dutch under-21 side who had not been at
last week's training camp in Portugal but were preparing for a
European Championship qualifier against Scotland.
A hat-trick for Quincy Promes in that game on Wednesday led
Dutch media to speculate he might be picked but he was left out,
along with team mates Jean-Paul Boetius, Karim Rekik and Tonny
Experienced midfielder Rafael van der Vaart was ruled out of
contention on Wednesday after suffering a calf injury in
The final selection for Brazil includes four players who have
been to the last two World Cups in Germany and South Africa -
Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie.
Nigel de Jong, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Michel Vorm also went to
the 2010 edition, where the Dutch finished runners-up to Spain.
The Netherlands kick off their campaign against Group B rivals
Spain in Salvador on June 13 with matches against Australia and
Chile to follow.
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax Amsterdam), Tim Krul
(Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Stefan de Vrij, Daryl
Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi (all Feyenoord
Rotterdam), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston
Villa), Joel Veltman (Ajax Amsterdam)
Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Jonathan de
Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer
(Norwich City), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder
(Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)
Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
(Schalke 04), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo
Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).
(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by John O'Brien)
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