Louis Van Gaal announces the provisional 30-man Dutch squad. With an average age of 25 years and 24 caps it is not exactly the most experienced of World Cup teams, featuring 5 players who excelled in the U17 2011 European Championship winners. John Heitinga misses the plane, despite declaring himself available, so this year's veteran defender is good old Ron Vlaar at 29 (22 caps). And sub-editors around the world rejoice following the inclusion of Depay: "All the Way to Memphis" when he scores a goal from a long pass over the top, ""Memphis Hip Shake" when he celebrates his goal, "Memphis Blues" when he inevitably misses in the penalty shoot-out, "Memphis Stomp" for his first sending off, etc, etc.
Doel: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcaste United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Jeroen Zoet (PSV).
Verdediging: Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Daley Blind (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (feyenoord), Karim Rekik (PSV), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh ( FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord).
Middenveld: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Rafael van der Vaart, Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV).
Aanval: Jean-Paul Boëtius (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (PSV), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Dirk Kuijt (Fenerbahçe), Jeremain Lens (Dinamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern München) en Quincy Promes (FC Twente).
In other news:
- Ji-Sung Park retires from football
- No Lamela, Nasri or Tevez at the World Cup
- Leyton Orient make it to the League One play-off final
- Germany draw 0-0 against Poland