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Wednesday, 15 August 2001
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 0 Netherlands 2 [0-2]

Match Summary
England Squad
Netherlands Squad
Team Records
The Netherlands Squad for the match against England  August 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Cocu, Phillip John-William 29 October 1970 30 M FC Barcelona, Spain 55 4
Davids, Edgar Steven 13 March 1973
born in Suriname
28 M Juventus FC, Italy 41 4
de Boer, Franciscus 15 May 1970 31 D FC Barcelona, Spain 90 11

Frank de Boer withdrew from the squad because of injury and fitness doubts on 15 August.

Hasselbaink, Jerrel Floyd 27 March 1972
born in Suriname
29 F Chelsea FC, England 13 6
Hofland, Kevin 7 June 1979 22 CD Philips Sport Vereniging NV 2 0
Kluivert, Patrick Stephan 1 July 1976 25 F FC Barcelona, Spain 54 33
Landzaat, Denny Domigues 6 May 1976 25 M Willem II Tilburg 1 0
Makaay, Rudoplhus Antonius 9 March 1975 26 F RC Deportivo La Coruņa SAD, Spain 12 0
Melchiot, Mario Deno Patrik 4 November 1976 24 D Chelsea FC, England 4 0
Oude Kamphuis, Niels 14 November 1977 23 M FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 0 0
Overmars, Marc

29 March 1973

28 F FC Barcelona, Spain 67 15
Paauwe, Patrick 27 December 1975 25 M Feyenoord Rotterdam 3 0
Petta, Alfred Manuel 6 August 1974 27 D The Celtic FC, Scotland 0 0

Bobby Petta withdrew from the squad because of a hamstring injury on 15 August.

Reiziger, Michael John 3 May 1973 28 D FC Barcelona, Spain 49 1
Stam, Jakob 17 July 1972 29 D Manchester United FC, England 39 3
van Bommel, Mark Peter Gertruda Andreas 22 April 1977 24 M Philips Sport Vereniging NV 7 1
van Bronckhorst, Giovanni Christiaan 5 February 1975 26 M Arsenal FC, England 21 2
van der Sar, Edwin 29 October 1970 30 G Fulham FC, England 60 0
van Hooijdonk, Petrus Ferdinandus Johannes 29 November 1969 31 F Feyenoord Rotterdam 24 9
van Nistelrooij, Rutgerus Johannes Martinus 1 July 1976 25 F Manchester United FC, England 12 4
Waterreus, Ronald Katarina Martinus 25 August 1970 30 G Philips Sport Vereniging NV 0 0
Westerveld, Sander 23 October 1974 26 G Liverpool FC, England 6 0

Sander Westerveld withdrew from the squad because of an aggravated hamstring on 15 August.

Zenden, Boudewijn

15 August 1976

24 F Chelsea FC, England 30 5

Squad details correct up to and including Netherlands' match against Estonia on 2 June 2001.


Thursday, 9 August 2001 - Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal named a 23-man squad to face England next Wednesday.  The squad includes the two Dutch players, Barcelona defender Frank de Boer and Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids, banned for use of a banned substance, nandralone.  FIFA has informed The Netherlands' football association that the ban only applies to official matches and that de Boer and Davids are free to play in unofficial friendly matches for both club and country.  UEFA originally imposed a one-year ban on de Boer when he tested positive following a UEFA Cup match in March, but reduced it to two months on appeal because of the probability that he ingested the steroid innocently through contaminated food supplements.  Fortunately for de Boer--and The Netherlands--the reduced ban, beginning 1 July and ending 31 August, neatly coincided with the summer off-season,  and he will be free to play in The Netherlands' crucial World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 1 September.  Davids, who tested positive after a club match in Italy, was provisionally banned from playing on 31 May by Italian football officials pending a hearing, which will not be held until next month, but the ban has been relaxed to allow him to play in friendly matches.
Omitted from the squad are Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp, out of favour with van Gaal, Rangers midfielder Ronald de Boer, who has not yet regained full fitness following long-term injury, Rangers defender Arthur Numan, also regaining fitness after a long-term injury, Feyenoord midfielder Paul Bosvelt, who fractured his cheekbone in a preseason friendly, and Internazionale midfielder Clarence Seedorf.  Van Gaal has also made it clear Jordi Cruyff will not be considered for the squad.

Wednesday, 15 August 2001 - Celtic defender Bobby Petta suffered a hamstring injury in the Tuesday evening training session, forcing his withdrawal from the Netherlands squad.  Petta had been set to make his international debut against England after Marc Overmars informed coach Louis van Gaal that he was not fit.  However, Overmars has now been declared fit to play.  Van Gaal also announced that Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has withdrawn from the squad because he aggravated a persistent hamstring injury in Sunday's Charity Shield match against Manchester United.  Westerveld would not have played in any event.  The Netherlands coaching staff told him earlier this week that Ronald Wattereus would be given his international debut and share goalkeeping duties with first-choice Edwin van der Sar.  Barcelona defender Frank de Boer was declared unfit to play just before the match.  He had been considered doubtful for several days as a result of an Achilles tendon injury.  De Boer limped off the pitch in Barcelona's pre-season friendly against Derby County last Friday, missed Barcelona's Sunday friendly against Blackburn Rovers and was unable to train for several days.

Netherlands Form: last six games
W D W D W W   f 17:a 5 success:  83%
557 15 November 2000 - Spain 1 Netherlands 2 [0-0]
Estadio Olimpico, Sevilla
Hasselbaink, F.de Boer
558 28 February 2001 - Netherlands 0 Turkey 0 [0-0]
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
559 24 March 2001 - Andorra 0 Netherlands 5 [0-2]
Mini estadi, Barcelona
Kluivert, Hasselbaink, van Hooijdonk (2), van Bommel WCP AW
560 28 March 2001 - Portugal 2 Netherlands 2 [0-1]
Estadio das Antas, Porto
Pauleta, Figo (pen)
Hasselbaink (pen), Kluivert
561 25 April 2001 - Netherlands 4 Cyprus 0 [3-0]
Philipsstadion, Eindhoven
Hasselbaink, Overmars, Kluivert, van Nistelrooij HW
562 2 June 2001 - Estonia 2 Netherlands 4 [0-0]
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn
Oper, Zelinski
Piiroja OG, van Nistelrooij (2), Kluivert