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World Cup 2014: Potential Netherlands XI

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After reaching the final at the last World Cup, the Netherlands will be hoping to go one better in Brazil next summer.

And here are the 11 that could steer the Oranje to the ultimate prize in football.

Goalkeeper: Maarten Stekelenburg

Fulham's new goalkeeper has been relatively successful internationally with the Netherlands, and will likely be chosen again for the 2014 World Cup.

Right-back: Gregory Van Der Wiel

The PSG full-back is by far Holland's most talented right-back, and will also likely appear in their starting 11.

Centre-back: John Heitinga

John Heitinga has been a key man for Everton's defence in recent seasons, and will be crucial to a solid Dutch back-line.

Centre-back: Douglas

This Brazilian-born Dutchman would be a good choice to play alongside Heitinga as he has had a relatively successful season in the Eredivisie.

Left-back: Jetro Willems

The 19-year-old PSV full-back may be the next Dutch defensive master, and he may already have the talent to make the national squad for the upcoming World Cup.

Defensive-midfield: Nigel de Jong

Nigel de Jong is a strong player that holds the midfield together defensively, and would help balance out a strong Dutch attack. 

Right-wing: Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben is a speedy winger who was key to Bayern's success in the Champions League last season - and his name will almost surely be on the team-sheet next summer.

Left-wing: Eljero Elia

26-year-old Wolfsburg winger Eljero Elia would help the netherlands with his incredible dribbling talent and speed. He may very well be key to the Dutch at the World Cup.

Attacking-midfielder: Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart has been a consistent performer for the Oranje throughout the years, and his performance at Hamburger this season has earned him a starting XI role.

Attacking-midfielder: Wesley Sneijder

Galatasaray star Wesley Sneijder will surely feature for the Dutch team in 2014, and has proved himself to be among the best midfielders in the world.  He is known for his sizzling long shots, ability to utilise both feet, and his impeccable passing.

Striker: Robin van Persie

The top scorer in the Premier League has most definitely earned his right to play for his country. Robin van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, and will hope to carry his good form to Brazil in 2014.

 

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