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De Jong boost for Netherlands

World Cup

Sao Paulo - Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong was named in the starting line-up to face Argentina in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, completing a remarkable recovery after straining his groin muscle in the last-16 game against Mexico on June 29.

The experienced 29-year-old had been a doubt for the rest of the tournament but he replaced forward Memphis Depay, who started the quarter-final against Belgium, suggesting that coach Louis van Gaal will use a 5-3-2 formation.

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Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong, right, was named in the starting line-up to face Argentina in the World Cup semi-final. Photo by: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Striker Robin Van Persie also starts despite suffering from stomach problems before the game. – Reuters

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