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Holland will begin their world cup preparations on Saturday when they take on Japan in Genk, with Bet365 announcing a live streaming service on the game.

The Dutch will head into the game without top scorer Robin Van Persie for the game and with Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also injured Louis van Gaal is looking for his back up strikers to step up to the table.

We have to show how we are when he’s not available,” he said. “That could always be a scenario in Brazil.


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“Because Van Wolfswinkel and Huntelaar are injured, we don’t have many strikers. They are the ones behind Van Persie, but that can change if someone steps up now.

“Siem de Jong is a back-up plan in case of emergency, just like he is at Ajax. (Jeremain) Lens is also an option as central striker, especially when we come ahead in a match. It’s nice to experience something like this so we can solve a problem.”

With Van Persie out the captaincy is likely to pass to Arjen Robben and the Bayern Munich star has admitted that it will be a huge honour if he is handed the armband.

“The captaincy is something special,” the 29-year-old told De Telegraaf.

“I may have done it before a few times but that was only after half-time when Robin had come off the pitch. Now it is likely to be from the start.

“This will be a unique moment. Playing for Holland is the ultimate for a Dutch player and if you are then made captain on the pitch, it gives you a feeling of pride.”

Japan, the East Asian Cup holders, comfortably qualified for the World Cup next year finishing four points ahead of Australia.

Alberto Zaccheroni’s have won two of their five games since beating Guatemala and Ghana with six goals for and just once conceded.

However defeats to Uruguay, Serbia and Belarus have highlighted that much work is needed ahead of Brazil.

The two sides last met in the World Cup in South Africa when a goal from Wesley Sneijder sealed a 1-0 win for the Dutch and a place in the knockout stages and with Japan losing to European sides in recent friendlies the signs once again point to a Dutch success.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.