The Hague — After a year blighted by injury, Bayern Munich
winger Arjen Robben was recalled to the Netherlands squad Friday for a World
Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
Coach Danny Blind said that after talks with Bayern, the
injury-prone Robben will be in the squad for the Nov. 13 Group A game in
Luxembourg. He will not play, however, in the friendly four days earlier in
Amsterdam against neighboring Belgium.
"It is about striking a balance," Blind said.
"For me, it is all about getting three points against Luxembourg."
The return of Robben is a boost for the Netherlands, which
has struggled in his absences in recent years, including failing to qualify for
the European Championship in France.
Also back in the Dutch squad after an even longer absence is
midfielder Stijn Schaars, who has not played an international since March 2014.
Schaars has impressed this season for his new Dutch club Heerenveen, leading it
to third in the top flight Eredivisie league.
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Blind gave Sporting Lisbon wingback Marvin Zeegelaar a first
call-up in his 25-man squad in the hope that he will add attacking impetus on
"He is really a left winger playing at left back. That
is good for us in offense," Blind said.
Zeegelaar is relatively unknown in the Netherlands after
leaving to play overseas at a young age, but Blind said he got to know him when
he was head coach of the Ajax youth team program.
The coach named Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes to his
squad, but said his fitness remains in doubt as he struggles to shake off an
The Netherlands is third in Group A after three matches,
three points behind Sweden and France, which play each other on Nov. 11.
Luxembourg is bottom of the group with just one point from its three matches so
Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton), Michel Vorm
(Tottenham Hotspur), Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona).
Defenders: Jeffrey Bruma (Wolfsburg), Virgil van Dijk
(Southampton), Rick Karsdorp (Feyenoord), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Daley
Blind (Manchester United), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Marvin Zeegelaar (Sporting
Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Southampton), Davy Klaassen
(Ajax), Davy Proepper (PSV), Bart Ramselaar (PSV), Wesley Sneijder
(Galatasaray), Georgino Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Stijn
Forwards: Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon), Vincent Janssen
(Tottenham Hotspur), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Memphis Depay (Manchester United),
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Jeremain Lens (Fenerbahce), Quincy Promes
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