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Stoke's Pieters not expecting World Cup call-up

Stoke City defender Erik Pieters does not believe he will be included in Holland's squad for this year's World Cup.

The 25-year old left-back has played 17 times for the Oranje but does not feel he is ahead of a number of other players in manager Louis van Gaal's plans for Brazil 2014.

"I have been in the Premier League already for nine months, but haven't been called up a single time," Pieters told Voetbal International. "So you can't say that I am even close to an invitation.

"However, at the end of last season, I participated in the Asian trip and played against Indonesia and China.

"But right now I think Daley Blind (Ajax) is the first option for left-back, also Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord)and Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem, on loan from Chelsea) have a bigger chance than me."

Pieters also suggested that the fact he is not one of Holland's 'big boys' not playing in the Eredivisie means he is less visible to van Gaal and his coaching staff.

"You just notice that a lot of people don't know I am playing weekly in the Premier League. Everyone has a good view of the big boys, like Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie. But in the category under it," he added.

"In the Netherlands, people are really surprised that I play weekly for Stoke City. The same counts for Douglas, who has almost played the full season for Dinamo Moscow.

"And what about Urby Emanuelson, he played two-thirds of all of AC Milan's games. When you leave the Dutch league, you are not followed that closely anymore."

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