| ZEIST, Netherlands
ZEIST, Netherlands Oct 3 Manchester United
goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is making a brief Dutch comeback
for this month's World Cup qualifiers to help out in an injury
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk included Van der Sar, who
retired from international football after Euro 2008, in his
22-man squad on Friday for the Group Nine games against Iceland
in Rotterdam on Oct. 11 and away to Norway four days later.
Goalkeepers Maarten Stekelenburg of Ajax and Feyenoord's
Henk Timmer, who is in the squad, are both nursing injuries.
Van der Sar, capped 128 times, was approached by Van Marwijk
and his assistant Frank de Boer for help and decided to make a
"This week Timmer sustained an injury and later on first
choice Stekelenburg's injury proved serious and will keep him
sidelined for four to six weeks," Van Marwijk told reporters.
"Together with Frank (de Boer), I called Edwin on Wednesday.
He was shocked for a moment but also flattered and answered
positively the same day.
"His return to the squad is only for these two matches and
with a goalkeeper of his class he will start both matches,"
added Van Marwijk, whose side beat Macedonia in their opening
qualifier in Skopje last month.
Real Madrid's Wesley Sneijder also returns to the squad
after being sidelined for two months due to a knee injury he
sustained during a pre-season friendly against Arsenal.
Van Marwijk called up Sneijder even though the midfielder
has yet to appear for Real this season.
"I spoke about it with Pedrag Mijatovic and Bernd Schuster
and they accepted my request," Van Marwijk said, referring to
Real's technical director and coach.
"I told them he would join in the training the first week
but will not play the first match, while after that week I will
decide if he will play against Norway."
(Editing by Rex Gowar)