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Injured Robben missing from Netherlands squad, Ajax winger Anwar El-Ghazi gets first call-up


AMSTERDAM — Netherlands captain has not recovered sufficiently from a groin injury to play in his country's crucial final two qualifiers for next year's European Championships.

Robben picked up the injury in the Netherlands' 1-0 loss to Iceland last month and has not played since. Coach Danny Blind on Friday called up 20-year-old Ajax winger Anwar El-Ghazi as a possible replacement on the right flank.

Iceland and the Czech Republic have already qualified from Group A.

After a disastrous qualifying campaign, the Netherlands — a losing semifinalist at last year's World Cup — is now two points adrift of third-place Turkey fighting for a playoff spot.

Blind also is missing defenders and long-term absentee Rob Vlaar for the final two qualifiers. The Dutch travel to Astana to play Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 and take on the Czech Republic three days later in Amsterdam.

Netherlands squad:

Goalkeepers: (Ajax), (Newcastle), (PSV Eindhoven).

Defenders: (PSV), (Feyenoord), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton), (Newcastle), (Ajax), (Ajax), (Marseille).

Midfielders: (Newcastle), (Manchester United), (Ajax), (Galatasaray), (Newcastle), (Stoke).

Forwards: (Manchester United), (Schalke), (Fenerbahce), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), (Sunderland), Anwar El-Ghazi (Ajax) (Wolfsburg).

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