Feyenoord Defender Ron Vlaar Included In Provisional Holland Squad For USA Friendly

Bert van Marwijk has announced his provisional Holland squad for next month's international friendly against USA...
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has announced his provisional squad for the Oranje's upcoming international friendly against USA. The match will be played in Amsterdam on March 3.

Van Marwijk has named a 25-man squad for the friendly match, with Feyenoord defender Ron Vlaar being the surprise name among the invited players.

The highly rated defender made two international appearances against Czech Republic and Italy back in November 2005, but a string of injuries have prevented him from wearing the orange shirt ever since.

Vlaar returned to full match fitness this term after missing out on the biggest part of the past two seasons due to knee trouble. The centre-back has been in impressive form this term and was widely tipped for an Oranje return.

Hamburger SV striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has been left out of the Dutch squad for the friendly. The prolific hitman recently stated his desire to return to the national side after retiring from international football in 2008.

Full Squad:


Goalkeepers:
Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht)

Defenders: Edson Braafheid (Celtic), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (HSV), Andre Ooijer (PSV), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax)

Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV), Otman Bakkal (PSV), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Wout Brama (FC Twente), Orlando Engelaar (PSV), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Stijn Schaars (AZ), Wesley Sneijder (Inter), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax)

Attackers: Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (HSV), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)