John earns Dutch call
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fulham striker Collins John has earned his first international call-up for Holland.Fulham striker Collins John has earned his first international call-up after being drafted in to the Holland squad for the friendly against Sweden.
John was originally overlooked for new Oranje coach Marco van Basten's provisional 25-man squad for the game which was announced last week.
But following a string of withdrawals, van Basten has added John to his party for next Wednesday's tussle in Stockholm.
The 18-year-old moved to Fulham in January and made an impressive start to his Premiership career, something which has not gone unnoticed by van Basten.
John will be alongside at least one familiar face in the squad as Cottagers team-mate Edwin van der Sar is also involved.
Of van Basten's provisional 25-man squad, eight players have dropped out with Sander Westerveld, Philip Cocu, Pascal Bosschaart, Boudewijn Zenden, Dirk Kuyt, Patrick Kluivert, Andy van der Meyde and Arjen Robben the absentees.
In addition to John, van Basten has added just one extra player to the party in the guise of Utrecht's Dave van den Bergh.
Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who would have missed out through injury in any case, had initially been omitted as he is suspended for Holland's opening two World Cup qualifiers.
Squad: Edwin Van der Sar (Fulham), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), John Heitinga, Nigel de Jong (Ajax), Kevin Hofland (Wolfsburg), Jan Kromkamp (AZ); Mark van Bommel (PSV Eindhoven), Edgar Davids (Internazionale), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder (Ajax), Dave van den Bergh (Utrecht); Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord), Pierre van Hooijdonk (Fenerbahce), Collins John (Fulham), Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Arsenal)