The Dutch squad for the Euro 2012 finals comprises the following 23 players:
Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma) Born: 22.09.82 Caps: 47. First-choice since Edwin van der Sar finally left the scene. Sent off for professional foul during a friendly against Australia in 2008, the first Dutch keeper to receive a red card. Deaf in one ear, moved to AS Roma in July 2011. Kept 24 clean sheets in 46 outings.
Michel Vorm (Swansea City) Born: 20.10.83 Caps: 9. Athletic keeper, became first-choice at mid-table Utrecht in 2006 after season on loan at second division side Den Bosch. Won first two caps in friendlies before outstanding showing in third in final 2010 World Cup qualifier against Scotland. Joined Swansea in July 2011, impressed in first Premier League season.
Tim Krul (Newcastle United) Born: 03.04.88 Caps: 3. Joined Newcastle, aged 17, from Den Haag youth system. Made debut in 2006 in UEFA Cup tie with Palermo and league debut in 2009, in the Championship. Became a regular this season and has been in outstanding form as Newcastle climbed the table to finish fifth. Won his caps in friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay in June 2011 and Bulgaria just before the championships.
Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord) Born: 16.02.85 Caps: 7 Goals: 1. Powerful central defender, won first cap in October, 2005. Allowed Luca Toni to score twice in second appearance, which probably kept him out of 2006 World Cup squad. Joined Feyenoord in 2006, but sidelined for almost two seasons with double cruciate knee ligament injury. Reads game superbly, has strong shot and precise long passing.
Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax Amsterdam) Born: 03.02.88 Caps: 32 Goals: 0. Attacking full-back with a weakness for social media, he became an Ajax regular in 2008. Defensively Van der Wiel has to improve, notably against a conventional winger. Missed much of last season through injuries.
Joris Mathijsen (Malaga) Born: 05.04.80 Caps: 79 Goals: 3. Began professional career with Willem II Tilburg, moved to AZ Alkmaar in 2004 after six seasons. Impressed in first season at Alkmaar, became Dutch regular. Earned big transfer to SV Hamburg after 2006 World Cup. In 2011, moved to Malaga, where he is not always s starter, even if he remains so for his country.
John Heitinga (Everton) Born: 15.11.83 Caps: 78 Goals: 7. Versatile defender who progressed through youth system to make Ajax debut aged 17 in 2001. Overcame two long-term knee ligament injuries. Began as a right-back, but moved into central defence after Jaap Stam’s retirement in 2007. Player of the year that season, earned big transfer to Atletico Madrid. Left a year later for Everton.
Khalid Boulahrouz (VFB Stuttgart) Born: 28.12.81 Caps: 35 Goals: 0. Tough defender whose career developed when he joined SV Hamburg in 2004 and made debut under Marco van Basten in Dutch team. Joined Chelsea two years later, but hardly made their first team. After a spell at Seville, he joined VFB Stuttgart in 2008, but frequently sidelined with injuries.
Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven) Born: 15.06.1978 Caps: 37 Goals: 1. Started his career as conventional left winger but later became a left back who can also play as central defender. Played every match for the Dutch during the 2004 Euro finals. Joined Aston Villa in 2005 after an 11-year spell at PSV but did not play in his final two years there due to an broken ankle before he returned to PSV in 2010. Won his last cap in the final group stage match at Euro 2008 against Romania.
Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven) Born:30.03.1994 Caps: 1 Goals: 0. Rotterdam born defender who followed the Sparta youth department and made his debut for the first team in the second division aged 16 before he was sold to PSV. Injuries to the other two left-backs in Eindhoven earned him his first division debut aged 17 in October 2011. Won the European title in 2011 with the Dutch Under-17 side beating Germany in the final.
Nigel de Jong (Manchester City) Born: 30.11.84 Caps: 60 Goals: 1. Hard-tackling son of former Dutch international Jerry de Jong. Joined SV Hamburg in January 2006 and moved to Manchester City three years later. Kick on Xabi Alonso’s chest during the World Cup final earned him worldwide criticism. Was left out of squad by Bert van Marwijk for four matches after breaking Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa’s leg with a wild tackle in 2010.