Ryan Babel is a Suriname-born Netherlands international who scored two goals in four games for the Dutch team at the 2005 FIFA u-20 World Cup on home soil. Babel and the Netherlands reached the quarterfinals before they were knocked out by Nigeria. He made his senior team debut weeks later against hosts Romania as a first half substitute for flying winger Arjen Robben. Ryan Babel scored on his debut for the Netherlands, netting the second goal in a 2-0 win over the Romanians. The goal made him the youngest Dutch goalscorer for 68 years and the fourth-youngest goalscorer in the history of senior national team football in the country.

Babel made the Dutch squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament on German soil but he couldn’t make much impact due to a knee injury. The knee issue restricted him to just one appearance and that was as a second half substitute for Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the group stage clash with two-time champions Argentina. Marco Van Basten was in charge of the Dutch team to the tournament in Germany.

Galatasaray attacker Ryan Babel was set to be part of the Dutch squad to Euro 2008 before an ankle ligaments injury ensured that he missed out on the tournament won by Spain thanks to the 1-0 win over Germany in the final. He went on to make the Netherlands squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament on South African soil but he was not involved in any of the games as Bert Van Marwijk led the team to the final. The Dutch players came close to winning the tournament before Spain stopped them in the final. Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta scored the only goal of the game in extra time. His strike ensured that the Spaniards beat the Dutch team 1-0 in the final.

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