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National team coach Bert van Marwijk will have no other choice but to say farewell to a number of players after a disastrous European Championship

 Stefan Coerts
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ANALYSIS

After a disastrous Euro 2012, Netherlands only have three months to get things back on track before the qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup campaign kicks off.

Oranje lock horns with Turkey on September 7 at the Amsterdam ArenA, and national team coach Bert van Marwijk faces a difficult task to re-organise things before then.

To do just that, the former Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund boss is likely to make a number of changes to the squad that hugely disappointed in Poland and Ukraine.

Not only will he have to replace a few of the ageing players with young and fresh talent, but he might also be forced to make some difficult choices, and bench or say farewell to some established stars.

THE PLAYERS WHO MUST GO
MARK VAN BOMMEL

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 35
CAPS (GOALS) 79 (10)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING  
THE HIGH Playing the 2010 World Cup final v Spain
THE LOW Horror performance v Germany at Euro 2012
WHY HE HAS TO GO The PSV midfielder is past his prime

KHALID BOULAHROUZ

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 30
CAPS (GOALS) 35 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING
N/A
THE HIGH Being a starter at the 2006 World Cup
THE LOW A red card at the 2006 World Cup match v Portugal
WHY HE HAS TO GO Better options are available

WILFRED BOUMA

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 34
CAPS (GOALS) 37(1)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING
N/A
THE HIGH Opening the scoring against Czech Republic at Euro 2004
THE LOW Losing the Euro 2004 semi-final v Portugal
WHY HE HAS TO GO The PSV defender is past his prime

DIRK KUYT

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 31
CAPS (GOALS) 90 (24)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Scored at the 2010 World Cup v Denmark
THE LOW Missed one-on-one v Portugal at 2006 World Cup
WHY HE HAS TO GO He no longer adds anything to the team

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 29
CAPS (GOALS) 99 (19)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING
THE HIGH Playing World Cup final v Spain
THE LOW Disastrous Euro 2012 campaign
WHY HE HAS TO GO He causes unrest in the team

After playing a key role at the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012 would be the last chance for the ageing Van Bommel to win a major tournament with the national team. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for the influential midfielder as he struggled to find his form in Poland and Ukraine. He even lost his starting berth for the decisive match versus Portugal, and his Oranje career seems to be over. 

Kuyt had to settle for a spot on the bench after losing his starting berth at Liverpool in the 2011-12 campaign, and the versatile attacker seems to have lost his spot for good following the rise to prominence of a number of young wingers. His move to Fenerbahce only further underlines that the 31-year-old’s international career has reached its end. 

Although still only 29, the time has come to say farewell to Van der Vaart. There’s no doubt about the attacking midfielder’s abilities, but the Tottenham man has shown that he’s unable to cope with a substitute role. To prevent the former Real Madrid man from causing any more unrest, the only option is to severe ties with Van der Vaart as he faces too much competition for a starting berth.

Both Boulahrouz and Bouma have not played much of a role for Oranje in recent years, but made the squad for Euro 2012 nonetheless. Better options are available, though, and the time has come to give younger defenders a chance to shine.

THOSE WHO MUST BE BENCHED
JORIS MATHIJSEN

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 32
CAPS (GOALS) 82 (3)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING  
THE HIGH Captaining Oranje v Italy in 2005
THE LOW Being outplayed by Mario Gomez v Germany at Euro 2012
WHY HE HAS TO GO He is past his prime

ROBIN VAN PERSIE

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 28
CAPS (GOALS) 68(29)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING  
THE HIGH Scored once at the 2006 World Cup v Cote d'Ivoire
THE LOW Lost World Cup final v Spain
WHY HE HAS TO GO Fails to replicate club form at international level

Mathijsen is Oranje's most experienced defender and the Malaga man has shown over the years that he's a reliable option at the back. Nevertheless, the centre-back has been struggling with injuries in recent years, and is no longer the player he once was.

Van Persie is arguably one of Europe's biggest stars, yet the attacker somehow has been unable to prove his worth for Oranje. The Arsenal attacker is not the No.9 Netherlands so desperately need, but is not a natural winger either. His best position is perhaps that of attacking midfielder, but Wesley Sneijder is undisputed as Holland's playmaker.

THE NEW STARLETS WHO MUST BE BROUGHT THROUGH
JEFFREY BRUMA

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 20
CAPS (GOALS) 4 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Oranje debut v Ukraine
THE LOW Missing out on Euro 2012 squad
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED Mathijsen's ideal replacement

JORDY CLASIE

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 20
CAPS (GOALS) 0 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Representing Oranje at U-21 level
THE LOW Missing out on provisional Euro 2012 squad
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED Gives extra option to the team as deep lying playmaker

ADAM MAHER

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 18
CAPS (GOALS) 0 (0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Unofficial debut v Bayern Munich
THE LOW Missing out on final Euro 2012 squad
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED He is a phenomenal talent and the team's future No.10

RICARDO VAN RHIJN

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 21
CAPS (GOALS) 0(0)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Representing Oranje at U-21 level
THE LOW Losing starting berth at Ajax again
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED Impressed throughout the 2011-12 campaign

KEVIN STROOTMAN

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER
AGE 22
CAPS (GOALS) 11 (1)
EURO 2012 PLAYER RATING N/A
THE HIGH Oranje debut v Austria
THE LOW Substiture role at Euro 2012
WHY HE MUST BE INCLUDED Perfect replacement for Van Bommel

There's little doubt that Strootman has a bright future ahead of him in Oranje, and the midfielder would already have started this summer if it weren't for a disappointing second half to the season. With Van Bommel on his way out, the time has come for the PSV midfielder to claim his spot alongside Nigel de Jong.

Bruma somewhat surprisingly missed out on Euro 2012 due to an inconsistent season with Hamburg, but the centre-back remains one of Holland's biggest defensive talents, and deserves a recall as the Dutch start building a team for the future.

Both Maher and Clasie were among the standout performers of the 2011-12 Eredivisie campaign, and were close to making Netherlands' squad for this summer's tournament. Although the duo eventually missed out, there's little doubt that they will soon make their Oranje debut.

Van Rhijn replaced Gregory van der Wiel at Ajax during the latter's injury problems, and did so in impressive fashion. He's expected to become the Eredivisie champions' starting right-back next term, and the youngster is widely expected to break into the national team in the not too distant future.

THE XI TO TAKE NETHERLANDS TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP

GOALKEEPER

Stekelenburg

RIGHT-BACK
CENTRE BACK
CENTRE BACK
LEFT-BACK

Van der Wiel

Heitinga

Bruma

Pieters

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD

De Jong

Strootman

RIGHT WING
ATTACKING MIDFIELD
LEFT WING

Afellay

Sneijder

Robben


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