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.