Van der Sar prolongs career
By Gerrit van Leeuwen. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Edwin van der Sar is prolonging his international career with Holland after being named in the squad for the friendly against Republic of Ireland.
Marco van Basten is still able to call upon the Manchester United keeper, who is 36 later this year, even though some felt he would retire after the World Cup finals in Germany.
The former Fulham number one is keen to aid a crack at Euro 2008 with his promising international team-mates and will take part in the Dublin fixture on August 16.
Van Basten has named a preliminary squad of 31 players, which will be reduced on August 11.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, a surprise omission from the World Cup squad, will get the chance to stake his claim for a regular place in the coach's plans while Gijs Luirink, who has switched from Groningen to AZ Alkmaar, is included for the first time.
Denny Landzaat and Ruud van Nistelrooy are included after summer moves - to Wigan and Real Madrid respectively - and there is also a place for Middlesbrough's new captain George Boateng.
Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Henk Timmer (Feyenoord), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United); Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), John Heitinga (Ajax), Tim de Cler (AZ), Kew Jaliens (AZ), Joris Mathijsen (AZ), Gijs Luirink (AZ), Barry Opdam (AZ), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven); Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax), Stijn Schaars (AZ), Mark van Bommel (Barcelona), Nigel de Jong (Hamburg), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), George Boateng (Middlesbrough), Denny Landzaat (Wigan); Ryan Babel (Ajax), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord), Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven).