Huntelaar earns Netherlands recall

The Schalke striker has impressed since his return from a knee injury, while there are call-ups for several Eredivisie players for the encounter against France
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's form for Schalke has earned him a recall into the Netherlands squad for their upcoming friendly with France.

The 30-year-old striker had spent five months on the sidelines with a knee injury but has scored two goals in five league appearances since returning to action in January.

That has been enough to impress national coach Louis van Gaal who named Huntelaar in his 23-man squad that will play les Bleus at the Stade de France on March 5, his first international call-up since August 2013.

Van Gaal has also taken the chance to look at four uncapped home-based players for the match.

Defender Karim Rekik (on loan at PSV from Manchester City) could make his debut, while midfielder Davy Klaassen and wingers Jean-Paul Boetius and Quincy Promes have also forced their way into Van Gaal's thoughts.

There is no place for Dynamo Kiev's Jeremain Lens for disciplinary reasons after he was sent off against Colombia in November.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Jeroen Zoet (PSV).

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (PSV), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain).

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Stijn Schaars (PSV), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Kevin Strootman (Roma).

Forwards: Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (PSV), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Quincy Promes (Twente), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich).