Oranje overlook Van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart has been left out of the Holland squad for an upcoming friendly against Australia.
Last Updated: 23/09/09 7:42pm
Rafael van der Vaart has been left out of the provisional Holland squad for an upcoming friendly against Australia.
The Real Madrid playmaker has endured a troubled season so far, with his omission from international duty compounding his misery.
The former Ajax and Hamburg man has been deemed surplus to requirements in Madrid following a summer shopping spree at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As a result he is unable to hold down first-team football and is yet to make a competitive appearance this term.
Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk warned Van der Vaart that he would have no qualms about dropping him were he out of the picture at Real.
He has stayed true to his word and will explore other options when Holland face Australia on 10th October.
Van Marwijk will reveal his final squad for the trip Down Under on 2nd October.
Provisional Holland squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Utrecht), Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse Arnhem)
Defenders: Edson Braafheid (Bayern Munich), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Glenn Loovens (Celtic), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax)
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Orlando Engelaar (PSV Eindhoven), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), David Mendes da Silva (AZ Alkmaar), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax)
Forwards: Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (Hamburg), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)