Van Basten loses paitience with van Nistelrooy | World Soccer

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Dutch coach Marco van Basten has said will no longer pick Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Real Madrid striker had “resigned” from the national squad.

Van Basten, speaking after naming his squad for next week’s friendly against Russia in Amsterdam, said he had no intention of picking the player again.

“Ruud more or less resigned from the job and that closes the case for me,” Van Basten told reporters.

“We believe it is a shame after we had an open and honest conversation but we will not take any further initiatives.”

Last week van Nistelrooy said he no longer wished to be considered for the national team while van Basten was in charge. He has played 54 times for the Netherlands, scoring 28 goals.

His absence, combined with the absence of the injured Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben has led to Van Basten keeping Klaas Jan Huntelaar in his squad despite his poor recent form.

“Huntelaar is going through a tough period, that’s obvious” added Van Basten.

“But it is a logical development in his career, after he had a great period after his transfer to Ajax. Now he has to get used to the fact he gets more attention from defenders.”

Holland squad
Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam)

Defenders: Wilfred Bouma (Aston Villa), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Urby Emanuelson (Ajax Amsterdam), John Heitinga (Ajax Amsterdam), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (PSV Eindhoven), Joris Mathijsen (SV Hamburg)

Midfielders: Nigel de Jong (SV Hamburg), Denny Landzaat (Wigan Athletic), David Mendes da Silva (AZ Alkmaar), Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax Amsterdam), Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg).

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Ajax Amsterdam), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax Amsterdam), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic Glasgow)

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