Netherlands have improved a lot in the last ten years, here we have gathered the top five names of last decade that helped Netherlands to reach such top level. Majority of them have a link with Manchester United.
Here are the top five Dutch footballers of last decade.
5. Edwin van der Sar (1995-2008, Goalkeeper)
Edwin van der Sar played 13 years for his international side. 130 international appearances simply made him one of the best keeper of his time.
Van der Sar who retired in 2011 from professional football is the most capped player of Netherlands.
4. Mark van Bommel (2000 – 2012, Defensive midfielder)
World Cup silver medalist Van Bommel played 79 games for Netherlands in his 22 years of football career. His debut came against Cyprus in 2000.
3. Rafael van der Vaart (2001 – present, Attacking midfielder)
Van der Vaart who has played for Ajax, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspurs is the third most capped player with 109. The 31-year-old who has scored 31 goals since 2001 will not be playing this World Cup due to his calf injury.
2. Ruud Van Nistelrooy (2001 – present, Striker)
Another former Manchester United player, Nistelrooy, scored 35 times in 70 games. Despite of his less caps as compared to the others, he still deserves to be in this top five list. He has not lifted any trophy with Netherlands in his 13 years of international career.
1. Robin Van Persie (2005 – present, Striker)
Van Persie has scored 43 goals in 84 appearances which makes him the all-time top scorer of Netherlands. The 30-year-old has not won any international trophy but has earned a silver medal of World Cup in 2010.
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