Posted October 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has recalled Rafael van der Vaart to his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Romania. Van der Vaart was dropped for the first two qualifiers as he returned to fitness following his move from Tottenham to Hamburg. Also back in the squad announced Friday were midfielders Ibrahim Afellay and Nigel de Jong. Van Gaal called up goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer just days after Ajax's 4-1 Champions League loss to Real Madrid. Vermeer pulled off a string of good saves, but was powerless to stop Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick and a spectacular overhead volley by Karim Benzema. The 2010 World Cup runner up plays Andorra next Friday in Rotterdam before taking on Group D leader Romania in Bucharest four days later.
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