Netherlands Train Ahead of World Cup Qualifier Against Turkey
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Netherlands train ahead of World Cup qualifier against Turkey


SHOWS: KATWIJK, NETHERLANDS (SEPTEMBER 6, 2012) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. PLAYERS RUNNING 2. PLAYERS STRETCHING 3. COACH LOUIS VAN GAAL POINTING DURING TRAINING SESSION 4. STRIKER ROBIN VAN PERSIE (BACK TO CAMERA, RED TAPE ON LEG) EXCHANGING PASSES WITH KLAAS JAN HUNTELAAR 5. PEOPLE WATCHING ON FROM SIDELINES 6. VAN PERSIE KICKING BALL 7. WINGER ARJEN ROBBEN RUNNING / ASSISTANT COACH PATRICK KLLUIVERT (WHITE SHIRT/BLACK SHORTS) / VAN PERSIE RUNNING TO DIVING HEADER 8. TRAINING IN PROGRESS 9. HUNTELAAR PLAYING WITH BALL STORY: The Netherlands squad took to the training pitch on Thursday (September 6) ahead of their World Cup qualifying match against Turkey in Amsterdam on Friday (September 7). The squad, including key individuals in the form of striker Robin van Persie and winger Arjen Robben, was joined by new coach Louis Van Gall for a session in the small town of Katwijk on the North Sea. The training, under sunny skies, was watched by a small group of fans, under the supervision of new coach Louis Van Gaal who replaced Bert van Marjwick after Netherlands early elimination from Euro 2102. The Netherlands and Turkey will be looking to make fresh starts when they meet in the Amsterdam Arena to start their World Cup Group D qualifying campaigns. The Dutch have to get rid of the sour taste of losing all three group matches at Euro 2012 and a friendly to Belgium as they try to extend their 10-match winning streak in World Cup qualifiers. The Netherlands face a Turkish side who have failed to qualify for a major tournament since Euro 2008. The Dutch are without Rafael van der Vaart, Nigel de Jong, Gregory van der Wiel and Ibrahim Afellay, who were all left out the squad because they were involved in last-minute transfers. Jordy Clasie and Leroy Fer, 21 and 22 years old respectively, are expected to join forces with playmaker Wesley Sneijder in the Dutch midfield. Those two youngsters are not the only new names in the Dutch squad which eight players still eligible for the Under-23 team. The Dutch, who lost 4-2 to neighbours Belgium in a friendly last month, are unbeaten in 22 World Cup qualifying matches. Their last defeat was in 2001 when Jason McAteer sealed Ireland's win over Van Gaal's side, a defeat which kept them out the 2002 World Cup, the only time the Netherlands have missed the tournament since 1986. Turkey are likely to have a difficult time defending their goal as first-choice keeper Volkan Demirel will miss the game due to a shoulder injury. Starting defenders Egemen Korkmaz and Semih Kaya also training separately from the rest of the squad on Wednesday due to injuries. Turkey, who finished third at the 2002 World Cup, see the game against group favourites Netherlands as critical for their chance of qualifying. While Turkey are likely to struggle in defence, Atletico Madrid midfielders Arda Turan and Emre Belozoglu are dangerous along with German-born Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop. The Netherlands are in group D for World Cup qualifying along with Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Estonia and Andorra.