Dost and Elia in Oranje preliminary squad for key European qualifier

Euro 2016 footballDutch football coach Guus Hiddink has included Bas Dost of VfL Wolfsburg and Eljero Elia of Southampton in his preliminary squad for key games against Turkey and Spain later this month.

The definitive team, which will be made up of 28 players, will be finalised by March 20. Dost has been called up several times before but has yet to make the final team. However, he is currently in good form and has scored 13 times since the winter break, news agency ANP says.

Elia last turned out for Oranje against Germany in November 2012.

There are no new faces in the preliminary squad but stalwarts such as Robin van Persie and Leroy Fer are out through injury. PSV is the main supplier of potential Oranje players – seven of the group called up on Wednesday turn out for the Eindhoven side.

Oranje meet Turkey in their crucial Euro 2016 tie on March 28 at the Arena in Amsterdam. Oranje are currently third in Group A with six points from four matches. Turkey have four points.

Three days later Oranje meet Spain in a friendly.

The preliminary Oranje squad:
Ibrahim Afellay (Olympiakos), Sven van Beek (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Manchester United), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV), Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (PSV), Bas Dost (VfL Wolfsburg), Eljero Elia (Southampton), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Bruno Martins Indi (FC Porto), Luciano Narsingh (PSV), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moskou), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Arjen Robben (Bayern München), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Joël Veltman (Ajax), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Stefan de Vrij (Lazio Roma), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Jetro Willems (PSV) and Jeroen Zoet (PSV).

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