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Maher called up to Dutch squad in place of Sneijder

Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been ruled out of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Romania with a groin injury, the Dutch federation (KNVB) has confirmed.

The Galatasaray star was set to miss out after picking up the problem in Friday's Group D win over Estonia and has now left the squad to return to Turkey.

Holland boss Louis van Gaal has called up AZ Alkmaar's teenage midfielder Adam Maher for Tuesday's meeting in Amsterdam.


Rumour - Duo chase Dutch youngster

Adam Maher made his Holland debut Belgium last year. Credit: PA

Premier League champions Manchester City and Arsenal are both keen on bringing in Dutch international Adam Maher, according to the Daily Mail. The AZ Alkmaar midfielder is just 19, but already has three caps for the Netherlands.


Gelukkige Verjaardag (Happy Birthday) Marco

Widely considered to be one of the best to ever play the game, Dutch striker Marco van Basten turns 48 today. He scored 277 goals during his time as a player at Ajax and AC Milan and was named European Player of the Year in 1988, '89 and '92 as well as FIFA World Player of the Year in '92.

He also scored one of the greatest goals of all time, a spectacular volley in the final of Euro '88, treat yourself and watch it again and again in the video player below.

Happy birthday Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat
Smile Dick! It's your birthday. Credit: PA

Many happy returns to former Rangers and Holland manager Dick Advocaat, who's due his bus pass - he's 65 today. Advocaat is back in his native country these days, managing PSV Eindhoven.

Other birthdays today include Peter Bonetti (71), Marcus Gayle (42), Francesco Totti (36) and Adam Bogdan (25).

Dick Advocaat
Advocaat managed Holland at World Cup 94 in the United States. Credit: PA
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