Van Marwijk Plays It Safe: Holland Vs U.S.A

Rich WilcockContributor IMarch 2, 2010

GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 23:  Ron Vlaar of Holland celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA U21 Championship Final match between Netherlands U21 and Serbia U21 at the Euroborg Stadium on June 23, 2007 in Groningen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Van Marwijk it looks like, has decided to play it safe with the friendly against U.S.A. tomorrow night. If squad selection is anything to go by, Van Marwijk has the World Cup thoroughly in his sights.

He's dropped Marcellis, refused to call up Biseswar or Wijnaldum and has kept his faith with the under-firing regulars. 

It goes without saying that tomorrow night will give us further proof as to the state of the national team. With several players not performing to their top potential or currently injured, this will not be a full strength side, but expect Van Der Vaart, Sneijder, Robben and Huntelaar to start.

Sneijder will be the most interesting element to this game. Much has been made of his recent form, where he has been given licence to create at will whilst at Inter, in the last few months, his performances have got many excited again.

The age old problem of Van Der Vaart and Sneijder not being able to play together maybe solved by the time we get to the World Cup. With the solution being Van Der Vaart is benched. The U.S.A. game should give us answers on that one.

Defensively, Van Marwijk has shuffled his pack slightly. Marcellis has been nursing an injury and although he was available, experience has reigned this time with Mathijsen, Heitinga and Ooijer all retaining their places or being re-called.

Ron Vlaar of Feyenoord has been recalled, after some disastrous injuries, this season has been exceptional. Keen to protect Vlaar, Van Marwijk has picked his moment brilliantly to recall him.

If he impresses, it could spell bad news for Braafheid and Marcellis and it could see himself on the plane to South Africa. Van Der Wiel is in the squad, further cementing his claim to the right back spot.

With Van Persie out, Robben will probably get the nod to partner Huntelaar up front, and after not scoring in three games, the Dutch will be hoping some sort of goal scoring prowess will return.

Eljero Elia has impressed, but doesn't essentially fit into Van Marwijk's system. However, if he can provide some much needed goal scoring threat, then who would care. I mean, who has ever heard of a goal-shy Dutch team?