Dutch call for van Bommel
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona midfielder Mark van Bommel has been drafted into the Dutch squad.Barcelona midfielder Mark van Bommel has been drafted into the Dutch squad for Saturday's friendly with Italy.
The midfielder had not featured for his country since the 2-0 win over Romania in June, with coach Marco van Basten opting to look at other options due to the former PSV Eindhoven man failing to break into the first team at Camp Nou.
An injury to Deco handed van Bommel a chance to shine at Barca and he took his opportunity with both hands, scoring in two of the club's last three outings.
His displays have clearly caught the eye of van Basten who has given him the nod after Ajax midfielder Wesley Sneijder was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Khalid Boulahrouz and Nigel de Jong are carrying minor niggles, which has prompted van Basten to draft in AZ Alkmaar defender Kew Jaliens and Hertha Berlin winger Ellery Cairo.