Updated: Thursday, 10 July 2014 03:22 | By Agence France-Presse

Dutch pair De Jong, Van Persie face Argentina

Midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong and captain Robin van Persie were both named in the Netherlands team for their World Cup semi-final against Argentina in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Dutch pair De Jong, Van Persie face Argentina

Netherlands' midfielder Nigel de Jong (C) and Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder (R) take part in a training session at the Flamenco Football Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 6, 2014 - by Yasuyoshi Chiba

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella meanwhile brought in Enzo Perez in place of injured midfielder Angel di Maria while Marcos Rojo returned from suspension at left-back in place of Jose Maria Basanta.

De Jong had been ruled out of the tournament after tearing a groin muscle during Holland's 2-1 win over Mexico in the last 16 on June 29, but he recovered far more rapidly than anticipated.

Manchester United striker van Persie, meanwhile, had been considered a doubt with an intestinal problem.

In a further boost for Louis van Gaal's side, centre-back Ron Vlaar lined up in the back three despite injuring his knee against Costa Rica in the quarter-finals.

The two sides are competing for the right to meet Germany -- 7-1 conquerors of hosts Brazil in the other semi-final -- in Sunday's final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

While Argentina, who beat Belgium in the last eight, have not reached a World Cup final since 1990, the Netherlands are bidding to qualify for a second successive final. They lost 1-0 to Spain in the deciding match of the 2010 tournament in South Africa.


Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen; Stefan de Vrij, Ron Vlaar, Bruno Martins Indi; Dirk Kuyt, Georginio Wijnaldum, Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Daley Blind; Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie (capt)

Coach: Louis van Gaal (NED)

Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez; Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi (capt), Ezequiel Lavezzi

Coach: Alejandro Sabella (ARG)

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

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