The 29-year-old midfielder has featured for Turkish champion Galatasaray in each of its three games this season, but he has been left out of the Oranje’s 21-man roster for the World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Andorra. The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter star was also an absentee for the friendly against Portugal earlier this month.
PSV defender Jeffrey Bruma has received the call, while teammate Jeroen Zoet has been picked for the first time.
Van Gaal’s side sits at the top of Group D in World Cup qualifying, with a 100 percent record from the six qualifying fixtures so far.
The Dutch will confirm a place at Brazil 2014 if they win both of their games.
Here is the Netherlands squad in full:
|Michel Vorm||Swansea City|
|Ron Vlaar||Aston Villa|
|Bruno Martins Indi||Feyenoord|
|Stefan de Vrij||Feyenoord|
|Rafael van der Vaart||Hamburg|
|Jonathan de Guzman||Swansea City|
|Robin van Persie||Manchester United|
|Arjen Robben||Bayern Munich|
|Jeremain Lens||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Ricky van Wolfswinkel||Norwich City|