Liverpool forward Ryan Babel admits he is no certainty to make the Netherlands's final cut for the FIFA World Cup™ finals this summer.
The 23-year-old was a member of the Dutch squad that reached the last 16 in Germany four years ago when he made just a single substitute appearance. But after struggling to impose himself at Liverpool in recent times Babel is not counting on playing at the tournament again this time around.
"I am still not sure if I'm going to be in the squad but that is the aim for me to play in the World Cup finals for Holland," Babel said. "The World Cup is something special for every footballer. I was 18 when I was in the squad in 2006 and it was a great experience."
Babel was named in boss Bert van Marwijk's provisional squad last week, but the Dutch boast a number of top-class attacking options that could see him left out.
Babel is in competition with his Reds team-mate Dirk Kuyt, the fit-again Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Klaas Jan Huntelaar, but regardless of his own position Babbel believes those players ensure the Oranje will be strong contenders in South Africa.
"I think we have a good squad," he added. "If everyone is fit then we have a great team that can give anyone a game."
The Netherlands begin their FIFA World Cup campaign against against Denmark in Johannesburg on June 14 with Japan and Cameroon making up the rest of Group E.