Holland vs England

In Football, International Friendly on August 10, 2009 at 21:43

By Joe,

Holland First Team

The English players will start their season by travelling to Amsterdam to face Holland in a midweek friendly clash. The Premier League season has not even started and many of the English players will have to get their first game playing for their nation. The Dutch season has already started but for the foreign based Dutch players, they will get their first game on their belt in the friendly match. Both teams will be fielding a strong starting lineup.

The Oranje camp will feature without their veteran goal keeper, Edwin Van De Saar, as he is out after receiving surgery to his right hand. He will be replaced by either Maarten Stekenburg or Michael Vorm in goal. New appointed Dutch Coach Bert van Marwijk has named 4 England based players in his 21 man squad. Liverpool duo Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel have been selected alongside Arsenal’s Robin van Persie and Nigel de Jong of Manchester City. While former England based players, Andre Oojer and Arjen Robben could also feature in the starting lineup. Giovanni van Bronkhorst is the only absentee of the original selected 22 man squad, as he is struggling with a knee injury. Holland hves already qualified for the World Cup 2010 so therefore van Marwijk will be testing some players out in order to get a clear idea of his squad for next year’s tournament.

Coach Fabio Capello has picked his 23 man squad for the highly competitive match against the Dutch team at Amsterdam Arena. There are a few surprises as Peter Crouch and Michael Owen are not picked, while the Italian has named Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Jermain Defoe and Carlton Cole as the 4 strikers to provide the goals. The midfield sees a few familiar faces as the likes of Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Barry and Carrick. They are first pick for the starting line up on the night. The back four could see Ferdinand, Cole, Johnsen and Terry guarding the rear. David James has been left out due to an injury and therefore United’s Ben Foster, West Ham United’s Robert Green and Blackburn Rovers’ Paul Robinson will compete for the goalkeeper position. Capello is looking to quickly restore the English confidence with a victory against Holland. It is also anticipated that Capello will be rotating the squad during half time.

A minute of silence will be held to commemorate the life of Sir Bobby Robson as a he managed both places, in England and Holland football. This friendly match will serve both coaches an insight of how their players are reacting after a long summer vacation. Even though it is a friendly match, it will be a tough one as both teams are highly rated in the Fifa ranking.  The Dutch team are unbeaten in 10 games while England has scored 16 goals in 4 games. A draw would be suitable for this occasion and Betsson is offering odds 3.20 for a draw.

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