The last time it happened was in 1996 in a friendly against China, some 221 matches ago, the Algemeen Dagblad reported on Saturday.
Since then the Dutch have had at least one 'Van' on the field but ironically in the reign of coach Louis van Gaal that run is about to end.
The last time the Netherlands played in the World Cup finals without a 'Van' they lost a group match in 1994 in Orlando to neighbours Belgium, for whom Franky van der Elst lined up on the other side.
Dutch football is littered with venerable footballing 'Vans' - Marco van Basten, Edwin van der Sar, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ruud van Nistelrooy in recent times and the likes of Willem van Hanegem and the Van der Kerkhof brothers, who played in past World Cups.
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