Van Nistelrooy left out of Dutch World Cup squad

Amsterdam: Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk omitted Hamburg SV striker Ruud van Nistelrooy from his provisional 30-men squad for the World Cup on Tuesday.

Van Nistelrooy retired as an international after Euro 2008 but this season he rescinded that decision.

"I told him that we followed him intensely and admired his ambition and effort to get to the World Cup," Van Marwijk said in a statement released by the Dutch soccer federation.

"I think that Ruud (van Nistelrooy) is fit but there was not enough time for him to reach his normal level after a long-term absence due to his knee injury."

Bureau Report