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Van Gaal questions FIFA rankings

21 March 2013 17:50

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal believes the FIFA rankings do not reflect how well his side have been playing since he took over in 2012.

Van Gaal's side are listed as the world's eighth best team. despite having a 100 percent record in their World Cup qualifying campaign ahead of Friday's match against Estonia.

Netherlands' standing in the rankings is bemusing van Gaal, who questioned just how accurate they were.

"Oranje were sixth at the time I started, now we're eighth, while no official matches have been lost," he told AD.

"This makes me wonder to what extent it is a real reflection."

The Netherlands have won all four of their UEFA World Cup qualifying matches in Group D to sit three points clear of Hungary.

While the Dutch are in a group they should dominate, van Gaal said good performances were needed against Estonia and Romania after his side drew friendlies with Germany and Italy.

"Against Italy and Germany we showed what we are capable off against the bigger teams in the world and this creates expectations," he said.

"Now we have to show it against Estonia and Romania."

Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder is glad to be back in the international fold after a six-month absence.

The 28-year-old said he understood the decision to leave him out as he battled injuries and a dispute with former club Inter Milan.

"It was logical that I did not play for the national team for months as I did not play a match for four months," Sneijder told reporters.

"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."

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