5 Dutch Players to Watch in World Cup Qualifier Against Hungary

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5 Dutch Players to Watch in World Cup Qualifier Against Hungary
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The Netherlands will travel to Budapest for an important, albeit very early World Cup 2014 qualifier against Hungary.

They managed to pick up a win in manager Louis van Gaal's first competitive match since he took over as national team coach a second time.

It's imperative that the Netherlands start to build up the momentum that was lost during Euro 2012, when they famously or infamously, failed to pick up a point in the group stage.

Van Gaal implemented a few changes in the match against Turkey last Friday. Removed from the squad were Nigel de Jong and Rafael van der Vaart. He also had to replace Mark van Bommel, who retired from international football.

The result was a squad that retained Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie but included a lot of inexperience at the back and midfield.

A 2-0 scoreline covered up much of the deficiencies that the Netherlands showed, and they very easily could have been beaten by Turkey.

In the end, though, it's two points and a very good start to qualification.

Here's five players to watch when the Dutch meet Hungary.

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