Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk described PSV Eindhoven midfielder Orlando Engelaar as "the most disappointed one of the four players" to be cut when naming his final 23-man FIFA World Cup squad.
Engelaar was shorn from Van Marwijk's initial squad along with Feyenoord's Ron Vlaar, AFC Ajax's Vurnon Anita, and PSV team-mate Jeremain Lens. Captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the most experienced member of the squad with 97 international appearances, while FC Twente goalkeeper Sander Boschker is the only uncapped inclusion.
The Netherlands continued their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 friendly victory against fellow finalists Mexico on Wednesday and open their tournament against Denmark on 14 June.
Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg (AFC Ajax), Sander Boschker (FC Twente), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht).
Defenders: Gregory van der Wiel (AFC Ajax), John Heitinga (Everton), André Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburger SV), Edson Braafheid (Celtic FC), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart).
Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (FC Bayern München), Demy de Zeeuw (AFC Ajax), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City FC), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid CF), Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Wesley Sneijder (FC Internazionale Milano).
Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool FC), Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München), Eljero Elia (Hamburger SV), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Robin van Persie (Arsenal FC) and Ryan Babel (Liverpool FC).
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