Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mark van Bommel reject Holland call-ups

Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mark van Bommel have both refused call-ups to the Holland squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Albania. The pair had fallen out of favour with coach Marco van Basten (under similar circumstances to David Beckham with England), who instead preferred to blood younger players.

The pair have now snapped the olive branch offered by van Basten by refusing his call up. Van Bommel was named in the initial squad despite being previously told by van Basten that he had no international future. Van Nistelrooy was called up as a replacement for the injured Klaus Jan Huntelaar.

Phew! That post had more 'vans' than a Ford dealership!

[Rob Parker]