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Bert van Marwijk ready to announce Netherlands Euro 2012 squad
The Dutch coach says he has decided on his final Euro 2012 panel and believes Arjen Robben could play against Bulgaria on Saturday
Van Marwijk will send his side out for their final warm-up matches against Bulgaria, Slovakia and Northern Ireland and the 60-year-old revealed that he has a good idea of which players will make the final squad to travel to Euro 2012 this summer.
"I have pretty much made up my mind as to which players will be dropped from the squad," the former Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund coach told Voetbal International.
The Dutch coach added that Arjen Robben could feature in Saturday’s friendly against Bulgaria, despite the 28-year-old’s late arrival to the national team camp in Lausanne after he was given extra time to recover following Bayern Munich’s Champions League final defeat.
He added: "Robben will play on Saturday if he is fit."
The coach also expressed good feelings about Ibrahim Afellay, insisting that the Barcelona player only needs match practice.
The midfielder has been absent for a large part of the season with a knee injury and has not joined his compatriots as of yet due to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Friday night, but Van Marwijk insisted the former PSV captain will be in the final squad.
“I hear from Barcelona that Afellay is very fit and doing well,” he continued. “The only thing he lacks is match practice.”
Netherlands face Bulgaria on Saturday, Slovakia on Wednesday May 30 and Northern Ireland on Saturday June 2.
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