THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman and Ajax defender Daley Blind received their first full international call-ups on Friday for Netherlands' friendly against Italy next week.
Instead of his two established midfield stars, Van Gaal selected a largely untested combination of Jordy Clasie of Feyenoord, Adam Maher of AZ Alkmaar and Marco van Ginkel of Vitesse Arnhem, who have only five caps between them.
With Van Gaal looking to rebuild the Netherlands team that lost all three of its matches at last year's European Championship, the most experienced midfielder is Keven Strootman of PSV Eindhoven, who has 15 international appearances.
Sneijder's international career is likely far from over, but he has only recently returned to action after a long injury layoff and has to establish himself at Galatasarayfollowing his move from Milan.
Robin van Persie of Manchester United and Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Schalke resume their long battle for the starting striker's spot in Van Gaal's 20-man squad, with wingers Ola John, Jeremain Lens and Dirk Kuijt also selected up front.
The Netherlands and Italy play on Wednesday at Amsterdam Arena.