Holland play Japan in a friendly on Saturday but the build-up was overshadowed today by the news Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to come out of international retirement and play at next summer's World Cup.
The Real Madrid striker retired from Oranje duty following Euro 2008 to focus on his club career but he is now keen to add to his 64 caps.
Van Nistelrooy missed most of last season with a serious knee injury but, having made a full recovery, is eager to make an appearance at South Africa 2010.
He told Spanish newspaper Marca: "I want to fight so that the national team call me and to be able to play at the World Cup.
"I want to prove that an injury like this doesn't have to force you out of football. There are many examples, like Ronaldo, who overcame a serious injury and became a world champion in Japan and South Korea with Brazil (in 2002).
"Before the injury I didn't feel well. I wasn't at my best.
"The doctor who operated on me told me I would be able to play three more years and when I retire I won't have any more problems."
First, Van Nistelrooy has to win back his place at Real Madrid, who have strengthened their attacking options considerably over the summer.
"I want to be important at Real Madrid and I believe I can be. This is my objective," he added.
"I could have gone to another club with less pressure but I know I have the ability."
Another veteran to suggest he might also make a shock international comeback is Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who told the Daily Telegraph: "The rehabilitation of my injury is the most important thing right now.
"After that, I will focus on United and then we will see what is happening with the national team."
Van der Sar retired from international duty in October 2008 after winning a record 130 caps.
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk will be boosted by the possible availability of two experienced players for next summer's showpiece but his immediate focus will be on the weekend clash against Japan in Enschede.
Van Marwijk believes it is vital for his players' education for them to play different sides from around the world.
He told www.onsoranje.nl: "A game against a team from another continent is always interesting because you can meet these kind of countries, and their way of playing, at a finals tournament.
"We have already played Tunisia and it is a good experience for the players to see these kind of teams in advance."