Five Ajax players have been included in Holland's World Cup squad. Coach Marco van Basten announced his squad on Sunday. Maarten Stekelenburg, John Heitinga, Hedwiges Maduro, Wesley Sneijder and Ryan Babel have been chosen to go with Holland to Germany. Klaas Jan Huntelaar, the top goal scorer in Holland, was left out of the squad. He will go with Holland under 23 to Portugal for the European Championship.
Van Basten said that Huntelaar left a good impression in the short training camp the past week. ,,He is a cheerful, nice guy who did well in the training camp. But four strikers is too much, that's his bad luck. He can now go to the European Championship with the Under 23 team and prove us wrong.''
Goal: Van der Sar (Manchester United), Timmer (AZ), Stekelenburg (Ajax).
Defence: Jaliens, Mathijsen, De Cler (allen AZ), Boulahrouz (HSV), Kromkamp (Liverpool),Ooijer (PSV),Heitinga (Ajax), Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona).
Midfield: Landzaat (AZ),Cocu (PSV), Sneijder (Ajax),Van Bommel (Barcelona),
Van der Vaart (HSV), Maduro (Ajax).
Offence: Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV), Van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Robben (Chelsea),Van Persie (Arsenal), Kuyt (Feyenoord),Babel (Ajax).
Holland Under 23:
Goal: Remko Pasveer (FC Twente), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Michel Vorm (FC Den Bosch).
Defence: Edson Braafheid (FC Utrecht), Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), Arnold Kruiswijk (FC Groningen), Gijs Luirink (FC Groningen), Dwight Tiendalli (FC Utrecht), Paul Verhaegh (Vitesse), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Ramon Zomer (FC Twente).
Midfield: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV), Ismail Aissati (PSV), Nicky Hofs (Feyenoord), Stijn Schaars (AZ), Demy de Zeeuw (AZ).
Offence: Fred Benson (Vitesse), Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord), Patrick Gerritsen (FC Twente), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax), Collins John (Fulham), Daniel de Ridder (Celta de Vigo).