Sneijder & Robben omitted from Netherlands squad for Italy friendly

The flamboyant coach has named an experimental squad for next month's friendly match against the Euro 2012 finalists after leaving out several regulars
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has opted not to include several accomplished stars in his 20-man squad for the upcoming international friendly against Italy.

Players including Maarten Stekelenburg, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben have all been left out for the match in Amsterdam.

Stekelenburg has lost his starting berth at Roma this term, while Sneijder only just left Inter for Galatasaray after he was frozen out at the Serie A giants.

Van der Vaart and Robben on the other hand have been struggling with injuries recently, but featured for their respective clubs again at the weekend.

Notable newcomers in the Oranje squad are Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman and Ajax wing-back Daley Blind, while players such as Ola John, Adam Maher and Marco van Ginkel made the cut, too.

Leroy Fer, Ruben Schaken and Ricky van Wolfswinkel all made the provisional selection, but were dropped for the final squad, while Khalid Boulahrouz had to pull out due to injury and was replaced by Ron Vlaar.

The match against Italy takes place at the Amsterdam ArenA on February 6.

Full Squad:

Name Club
Kenneth Vermeer Ajax
Michel Vorm Swansea
Tim Krul Newcastle
Daley Blind Ajax
Ron Vlaar Aston Villa
Daryl Janmaat Feyenoord
Bruno Martins Indi Feyenoord
Joris Mathijsen Feyenoord
Ricardo van Rhijn Ajax
Stefan de Vrij Feyenoord
Jordy Clasie Feyenoord
Marco van Ginkel Vitesse
Jonathan de Guzman Swansea
Adam Maher AZ
Kevin Strootman PSV
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Schalke
Dirk Kuyt Fenerbahce
Ola John Benfica
Robin van Persie Manchester United
Jeremain Lens PSV