Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul will not be playing for the rest of the season due to a severe knee injury. Krul ruptured a knee cruciate during the Dutch team's 2-1 win against Kazakhstan on Saturday. With first choice keeper Jasper Cillessen also injured during the warm up before the match, coach Danny Blind has decided to add Maarten Stekelenburg and Kenneth Vermeer to his selection.
Netherlands football coach Louis van Gaal surprised many with his selection of players for a tune-up match against France next week, leaving Nigel de Jong (M) Stefan de Vrij (D) and Maarten Stekelenburg (G) off the sheet. Jean-Paul Boëtius (F), Davy Klaassen (M) and Quincy Promes (F) will get their Oranje debuts in the match.
Manchester City defender Karim Rekik has been called up for the first time in his career. Wesley Sneijder, however, has been left out once again.
Premier league players Marco van Ginkel, Michel Vorm, Ron Vlaar, Jonathan de Guzman, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and Robin van Persie may well play Portugal a few days ahead of the latest season.