Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates his goal against Turkey with teammates Arjen Robben (C) and Wesley Sneijder (R) during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Amsterdam September 7 , 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Michael Kooren (NETHERLANDS - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
The Netherlands will look to extend their stranglehold on Group D when they take on lowly Estonia in Friday's World Cup 2014 Qualifiers.
The biggest surprise of the Netherlands roster was the reinsertion of Wesley Sneijder after being left out of the lineup for the last few matches due to injury and poor fitness.
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"Sneijder did not play for four months and is still improving but he can do much better than he showed so far," Coach Louis Van Gaal stated.
Sneijder seemed to understand his absence from the squad and stated, "It was logical that I did not play for the national team for months as I did not play a match for four months.
"So it was not strange I was not present just like it isn't strange that I am present now. They should not write me off, I'm not 39."
Netherlands' opponents Estonia has won once in four qualifiers and has lost its other three. However, Van Gaal is not ready to write them off. "They are a strong team that chases every ball and always will get a chance to score," Van Gaal warned about his opponents.
Netherlands Full Roster:
Goalkeepers: Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax Amsterdam)
Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Darryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Joris Mathijsen (Feyenoord), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax Amsterdam), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)
Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (Feyenoord)
Strikers: Siem de Jong (Ajax Amsterdam), Ola John (Benfica), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Predictions: Netherlands wins 5-1.
Start Time: 3:30 PM EST