ZEIST, Netherlands - Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk dropped winger Ryan Babel in favour of the uncapped Eljero Elia in his squad for the friendly against Japan on September 5 and the 2010 World Cup qualifier away to Scotland four days later.
Van Marwijk added Celtic defender Glenn Loovens to his squad for the first time, while defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst returns after missing the England friendly earlier this month through injury.
"I have known Glenn for a long time as he made his debut under me at Feyenoord aged 18 and he is a big physical strong defender with speed and a decent pass," Van Marwijk told reporters.
Squad: Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam), Michel Vorm (Utrecht), Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse Arnhem)
Defenders: John Heitinga (Atletico Madrid), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg SV), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Edson Braafheid (Bayern Munich), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax Amsterdam), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Glenn Loovens (Celtic)
Midfielders: Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax Amsterdam), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), David Mendes da Silva (AZ Alkmaar), Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Arjen Robben (Real Madrid), Eljero Elia (Hamburg SV).comments