Melchiot back in Dutch squad
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Melchiot had been omitted from a provisional 28-man squad for the finals last month but is now back in the fold for the March 31 tussle against Les Bleus.
Oranje coach Dick Advocaat has drafted Melchiot into the squad with another full back, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, absent through injury.
Melchiot's prospective new Chelsea team-mate Arjen Robben is also missing after tearing a hamstring on PSV Eindhoven duty while Patrick Kluivert is not fully fit after a knee problem.
Advocaat has named a 22-man squad for the clash against France at Rotterdam's De Kuip stadium next week.
Edwin Van der Sar (Fulham), Ronald Waterreus (PSV Eindhoven); Frank de Boer (Rangers), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Johnny Heitinga, Nigel de Jong (Ajax), Mario Melchiot (Chelsea), Michael Reiziger (Barcelona), Jaap Stam (Lazio), Boudewijn Zenden (Middlesbrough); Mark van Bommel (PSV Eindhoven), Paul Bosvelt (Manchester City), Philip Cocu, Edgar Davids (Barcelona), Clarence Seedorf (Milan), Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart (Ajax); Pierre van Hooijdonk (Fenerbahce), Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich), Andy van der Meyde (Internazionale), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Marc Overmars (Barcelona).