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Sneijder central to Van Gaal plans

26 March 2013 15:00

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal insists Wesley Sneijder remains a key player for the national side.

The attacking midfielder was forced to withdraw from the squad for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Romania after picking up a muscular problem against Estonia on Friday, but Van Gaal has assured Sneijder that he has no reason to worry about his future with Oranje.

"Sneijder is my captain and I will not drop him just like that," Van Gaal told reporters.

"Sneijder, (Rafael) van der Vaart and (Adam) Maher are the candidates for the number 10 position. That's why I added Maher to the team when Wesley had to pull out.

"The hierarchy can change a bit based on their performances and club form.

"And perhaps there could be a fourth candidate for that position in (Tonny) Vilhena. He has played as a number 10 at Feyenoord a few times and has done a good job there."

Netherlands sit five points clear at the top of Group D, with a perfect 15 points from five games.

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4 - 0

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
26 March 2013
Game week
6
Kick-off
20:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Amsterdam ArenA (Amsterdam)
Attendance
47496

Goals

1 - 0
R. van Persie 56'
(assist by A. Robben) 
2 - 0
R. van Persie (PG) 65'  
3 - 0
J. Lens 90'  
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