The 22 for France 98
deadline to submit the final roster: June
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,
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).
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,
-- (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
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.