3 debutants in Netherlands squad for France match

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2014 at 7:54 am •  Published: February 28, 2014
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal picked an inexperienced squad Friday that includes three debutants for a friendly against France in Paris.

Van Gaal gave first call-ups to Jean-Paul Boetius of Feyenoord, Davy Klaassen of Ajax and Quincy Promes of FC Twente as part of his 23-man squad for the match at Stade de France on Wednesday.

The new players will have experience on hand from the likes of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder.

The Netherlands has a tough draw for the World Cup in Brazil. It plays in Group B with defending champion Spain, Chile and Australia.

As well as first-time call-ups for Klaassen, Boetius and Promes, Van Gaal included PSV defender Karim Rekik, who was named in a squad once before but had to pull out with an injury.

Van Gaal is looking at potential internationals ahead of a May 13 deadline for filing a 30-man World Cup roster with FIFA.

He said he wanted to get to know the debutants as he scouts possible players to take to Brazil.

Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman was left off the squad because his Premier League team, Swansea, is struggling at the moment.

One of the key missing pieces Van Gaal needs to find before the World Cup is a left back. He named only one — Daley Blind of Ajax — on Friday, but acknowledged that he would rather put Blind in the midfield.