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Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands listens to questions from the media during a press conference in Salvador, Brazil on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Associated Press)

Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands listens to questions from the media during a press conference in Salvador, Brazil on Friday, July 4, 2014.

(Associated Press)

De Jong, Van Persie start for Netherlands in World Cup semi-final Add to ...

Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong was named in the starting line-up to face Argentina in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, completing a remarkable recovery after straining his groin muscle in the last-16 game against Mexico on June 29.

The experienced 29-year-old had been a doubt for the rest of the tournament but he replaced forward Memphis Depay, who started the quarter-final against Belgium, suggesting that coach Louis van Gaal will use a 5-3-2 formation.

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Striker Robin Van Persie also starts despite suffering from stomach problems before the game.

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