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Holland sound out Man Utd's Van der Sar about World Cup

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk wants Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to end his international retirement.

The Guardian says Van der Sar has been approached about coming out of international retirement to play for Holland in next year's World Cup, when he will be only four months short of his 40th birthday.

At the same time the Manchester United goalkeeper is giving serious consideration to extending his club career at Old Trafford, and is open-minded about the possibility of staying on another season if he feels he can maintain his high standards.

Van der Sar has not played for Holland since winning his 130th cap, against Norway in a World Cup qualifier 13 months ago. He was playing on that occasion only after a special request from the manager, Van Marwijk, because Maarten Stekelenburg and Henk Timmer were both injured, and the Dutch football federation is now hoping that he can be persuaded to return for a second time if there is the promise of playing in South Africa next June.

He has turned down the first approach but there is a sense that he is open to more talks and willing, at the very least, to discuss the idea.

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