Robben on Netherlands bench against Denmark

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben is on the bench and will be

available for his team’s opening game against Denmark after coach

Bert van Marwijk previously ruled him out.

Robben was warming up and kicking a ball with the rest of the

team at Soccer City on Monday.

Meanwhile, Denmark coach Morten Olsen is starting Nicklas

Bendtner as striker after saying the Arsenal forward would almost

certainly miss Sunday’s Group E match because of an injury.

Bendtner has struggled to get over a groin problem, but will

lead the Danish attack against the Dutch. Striker Jon Dahl

Tomasson, who was also deemed doubtful for the game, is on the


The Dutch fielded a strong attacking lineup with Robin van

Persie, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and Dirk Kuyt as



Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg; Gregory van der Wiel, John

Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Mark van

Bommel, Dirk Kuyt, Nigel de Jong, Robin van Persie, Wesley

Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart.

Denmark: Thomas Sorensen, Christian Poulsen, Simon Kjaer, Daniel

Agger, Lars Jacobsen, Martin Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner, Thomas

Kahlenberg, Simon Poulsen, Dennis Rommedahl, Thomas Enevoldsen.