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Saturday, March 27, 2004 

Melchiot back to the Dutch Squad

Chelsea FC defender Mario Melchiot has been selected in the Netherlands squad to face reigning European champions France at Rotterdam's De Kuip stadium next Wednesday.

Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat called up the 27-year-old to the 22-man squad for the first time in almost a year. The right-back last represented his country against Portugal last April, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw.

Manchester City FC midfield player Paul Bosvelt and FC Barcelona's Michael Reiziger also return after they were left out from the squad to face the United States last month. Nigel de Jong, who replaced the injured Reiziger in that match, retains his place.

The only other personnel change is the omission of Arjen Robben due to a hamstring injury. The PSV Eindhoven winger scored his first international goal on his third appearance in the 1-0 defeat of the US.

Netherlands squad
Van der Sar, Waterreus, De Boer, Bouma, Heitinga, De Jong, Melchiot, Reiziger, Stam, Zenden, Van Bommel, Bosvelt, Cocu, Davids, Seedorf, Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Van Hooijdonk, Makaay, Van der Meyde, Van Nistelrooy, Overmars.

Source: Uefa.com, Voetball

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