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Wesley Sneijder receives Holland call-up

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Holland coach Louis van Gaal has recalled Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder for the World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Andorra.

Sneijder was initially left out of the squad again, but was brought in after Georginio Wijnaldum pulled out of the squad because of an ankle injury.

Sneijder had been left out for recent games, because Van Gaal thinks the midfielder should focus on getting fully fit before making a return to the national team and reckons he already has a fully fit alternative for Sneijder's position in Rafael van der Vaart.

Sneijder himself said he had hoped for a more trust off his gaffer as he was made captain of the Dutch squad when Van Gaal took over from Bert van Marwijk after EURO 2012.

He was stripped of the captain's armband after the Asia tour in June and replaced by Robin van Persie because Van Gaal believed the Galatasaray playmaker should focus on getting fully fit again.

In an interview on Dutch television, Sneijder admitted he felt a little hard done by, but he is very determined to come back stronger than ever and do well for his club and country.

He was one of the key men during Holland's previous World Cup campaign in South Africa.
In the final against Brazil he was responsible for both goals that saw Holland go through to the semi-final against Uruguay.

Sneijder would end up as joint top goalscorer with Germany's Thomas Müller - both scoring five goals.

The former captain will now join up with the Dutch squad again and is due to arrive at their training camp in Noordwijk today.

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