Orlando Engelaar was one of four players to miss out as Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk finalised his 23-man FIFA World Cup™ squad today.
Although Van Marwijk will make a formal announcement of his squad at a press conference in Austria later today, the Dutch football association released a lunchtime statement revealing Engelaar, Vurnon Anita, Ron Vlaar and Jeremain Lens will not travel to South Africa.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Engelaar was the only player of that quartet to have played for the Netherlands at a major tournament, having started all four matches of their run to the quarter-finals at UEFA EURO 2008. The Oranje have been drawn in Group E at the World Cup alongside Denmark, Cameroon and Japan.
Goalkeepers: Sander Boschker (FC Twente), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht)
Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart), Edson Braafheid (Celtic), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax)
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (Hamburg), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
*Please note that squad lists only become official after they have been submitted to and announced by FIFA