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Holland: The 22 for France 98

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(The deadline to submit the final roster: June 7)

The list that Coach Guus Hiddink presents is made up up of:

Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Ajax Amsterdam, 22 caps), Ed de Goey (Chelsea, 30), Ruud Hesp (Barcelona, none).

Defenders: Frank de Boer (Ajax, 52), Winston Bogarde (Barcelona, 12), Arthur Numan (PSV, 26), Michael Reiziger (Barcelona, 24), Jaap Stam (PSV Eindhoven, 11), Ferdi Vierklau (Tenerife, 2).

Midfielders: Ronald de Boer (Ajax, 38), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord, 7), Phillip Cocu (PSV, 17), Edgar Davids (Juventus, 9), Wim Jonk (PSV, 41), Clarence Seedorf (Real Madrid, 28), Aron Winter (Inter Milan, 69).

Forwards: Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal, 57), Jerrel "Jimmy Floyd" Hasselbaink (Leeds United, none), Pierre van Hooijdonk (Nottingham Forest, 11), Patrick Kluivert (AC Milan, 17), Marc Overmars (Arsenal, 37), Boudewijn Zenden (PSV, 3).

 AMSTERDAM -- (Reuters) Two years after being sent home in disgrace from Euro '96, Edgar Davids is back in the picture for the Dutch national side.The Juventus midfielder was one of the 22 men named by coach Guus Hiddink on Monday for the Dutch World Cup squad.

His selection may have been a hard pill for Hiddink to swallow after the player accused his coach of favoritism at the European Championships in England.

However, a move from AC Milan to Juventus in December and a rapid turnaround in form have made his selection a necessity. In Milan, a broken leg and poor changing room relations rendered Davids, 25, an international has-been. At newly crowned Italian champion Juventus, his powerful performances have inked his position on Hiddink's team sheet.

"It's simply a matter of quality," Hiddink said on Monday. Nicknamed "pitbull" for his aggressive, sometimes fiery, midfield play, Davids should provide the steel that the Dutch have lacked in some recent encounters. Hiddink hopes Davids can channel his aggression on the pitch in France and that he can keep his comments to himself.

The Dutch coach was reluctant to be drawn into comment on Davids' return, but said there was no guarantee he would start. "One of our rules is that players must accept being on the bench. That goes for Davids. In that respect, no one is an exception," he said. Davids' selection will probably be welcomed by Dutch fans and media alike. But it is a risky move because his very presence could break the squad apart or could be fundamental in its success.

Davids is one of two eye-catching names in the squad. The other is 26-year-old Leeds United forward Jerrel Hasselbaink. Known as "Jimmy Floyd" rather than Jerrel to his club faithful, he is the only uncapped member of the squad apart from likely third-choice keeper Ruud Hesp. His selection represents quite a comeback for a player who, until a move to Portugal, considered quitting the game.

Hiddink said he had originally been hoping Schalke O4's Youri Mulder would recover from injury, but when this possibility was ruled out, the choice was between Hasselbaink and Utrecht's Michael Mols. Leeds bought Hasselbaink from Boavista a year ago for 2 million pounds ($3.3 million) and he repaid them with 16 goals in his first season. He may have to rely on injuries, however, to earn his first cap.

One other slight surprise inclusion is Ferdi Vierklau. The Tenerife defender has two caps to his name and was helped by an injury to PSV Eindhoven's Ernest Faber. "He has developed into a fine player in Spain. I think he could also be an asset for us," Hiddink said on Vierklau.

These names apart, the squad is very much as expected with a backbone of Edwin van der Sar in goal, Jaap Stam, about to leave PSV for Manchester United, in defense, Ronald de Boer and Clarence Seedorf in midfield and the Arsenal pairing of Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars up front.

The squad appears to offer a solid midfield and a potentially match-winning forward line, but injuries among the six defenders may leave the Dutch short at the back. In addition to the 22 named on Monday, there is a reserve list of five. They are Ajax's second goalkeeper Fred Grim, PSV defender Andre Ooijer, midfielders Jean-Paul van Gastel (Feyenoord) and Orlando Trustfull (Vitesse) and striker Michael Mols of FC Utrecht.

Comments? Additions? Predictions?

Edgar Davids

Marc Overmars


Clarence Seedorf


Dennis Bergkamp


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