Van omits Makaay and Davids
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Edgar Davids and Roy Makaay have been left out of the Dutch squad.Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie have been included in Marco van Basten's Netherlands squad to face Italy on November 12, but there is no room for Edgar Davids and Roy Makaay.
Van Basten has a plethora of striking options available to him, with Manchester United man van Nistelrooy and Arsenal youngster van Persie joining the likes of Ryan Babel, Romeo Castelen, Dirk Kuyt and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink in the squad to face the Azzurri in Amsterdam.
Makaay has endured a barren run in front of goal for Bayern Munich and he has been left out by van Basten.
Middlesbrough man George Boateng has been included, but there is no place for Tottenham star Davids.
Barcelona star Mark van Bommel has also been overlooked, as has Chelsea flyer Arjen Robben, but the door is unlikely to be closed ahead of next summer's World Cup finals.
Squad: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Henk Timmer (AZ Alkmaar); Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), Nigel de Jong (Ajax), Ron Vlaar (AZ Alkmaar), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), Khalid Boulahrouz (HSV Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Jan Kromkamp (Villarreal); Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Rafael van der Vaart (HSV Hamburg), George Boateng (Middlesbrough), Philip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven); Ryan Babel (Ajax), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord), Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven).