World Cup - Van Gaal turns to Norwich's Fer

Norwich's Leroy Fer has been called up to the Holland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after fellow midfielders Jonathan de Guzman and Stijn Schaars were ruled out through injury.

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Leroy Fer is still getting to grips with the English game

German-based defender Paul Verhaegh is also in after three players dropped out of coach Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad on Monday.

Fer is a replacement for Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman (groin injury) and Stijn Schaars of PSV Eindhoven (knee), the Dutch FA said on its website (

The 23-year-old Fer won the second of his two caps against Turkey in Amsterdam 13 months ago.

Verhaegh, a 30-year-old right back from FC Augsburg who won a first cap in August, replaces fullback Gregory van der Wiel, who did not pass a medical test after a light knee injury.

Netherlands, who have already booked their place in next year's finals, host Hungary in a qualifier on Friday before playing Turkey in Istanbul four days later.

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