Originally featured on the TalkingTikiTaka – WC2014 Blog
After the departure of Manchester United David Moyes, it didn’t take long before current Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal was named as the hot favourite to take the job at Old Trafford after a dismal 13/14 league campaign. Several months on following Moyes’ departure, talk of Van Gaal’s apparent ‘imminent’ arrival have failed to fade away and it seems a case of when rather than if, in the never-ending saga between both Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United. However despite the constant speculation regarding his future, Van Gaal has remained committed and always stressed that he is solely focused on his task at hand with the Netherlands and his desire to steer them to their second consecutive World Cup final after their narrow defeat to Spain in the 2010 final.
In his recent squad announcement, Van Gaal has been publicly quoted as saying that only his captain Robin Van Persie and former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben are guaranteed places as Van Gaal looks to reduce his 30 man squad to 23 players in the upcoming weeks preceding the tournament. In a team which boasts several hot prospects including the likes of Memphis Depay of PSV Eindhoven, Jordy Clasie and Kongolo both of Feyenoord and Karim Rekik of Manchester City, many pundits have been surprised at the non omission of of Ajax’s player of the season Davy Klaasen who had been highly tipped to break into the national side but instead narrowly misses alongside Kevin Strootman of Roma who has been plagued by injuries leading up this summers competition. And despite their seasons resulting in lengthy relegation battles, both Rafael Van Der Vaart of Hamburg and Leroy Fer of Norwich City are included whilst Gregory Van Der Wiel’s absence due to a recurring knee injury leaves still leaves question marks as to who will play at right back when they begin their World cup Campaign against Spain on Friday 13th June.
The Dutch 30 man provisional squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Jeroen Zoet (PSV)
Defenders: Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (PSV), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Ajax)
Midfielders: Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord)
Forwards: Quincy Promes (Twente), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Memphis Depay (PSV)