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Ruud left out of Dutch squad

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:16

Ruud van Nistelrooy has been omitted from the Netherlands squad to face ireland next week
Ruud van Nistelrooy has been omitted from the Netherlands squad to face ireland next week

Ruud van Nistelrooy has been omitted by Netherlands coach Marco van Basten from his squad for next Wednesday's friendly with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

The Real Madrid player was left out of the starting line-up for the World Cup last 16 match with Portugal which saw the Oranje eliminated.

He was in the original training squad named for the Ireland match but did not make the final cut.

Ajax scoring prodigy Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was controversially overlooked for the World Cup, has been included in the squad along with Ajax team-mate Urby Emanuelson and AZ Alkmaar's Stijn Schaars.

Netherlands Squad:
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Henk Timmer (AZ Alkmaar); Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), John Heitinga (Ajax), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven); Nigel de Jong (Hamburg), Denny Landzaat (Wigan), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg); Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax), Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven).

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