Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Netherlands
10 word description: World Cup finalists can call upon some big name stars.
Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Van Marwijk has been in charge since 2008. He doesn’t exactly endorse free-flowing football, albeit he’s got some skillful players who can do that for him. Keeping the wheels on the Dutch wagon at a tournament and reaching the World Cup final can only be considered a major success.
Star man: Robin Van Persie
He’s arguably enjoyed the best season of his career so far, and RVP will be hoping that his Arsenal form continues at Euro 2012.
Prem connections: Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), John Heitinga (Everton), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) and Robin van Persie (Arsenal). Plus Khalid Boulahrouz (ex-Chelsea), Wilfred Bouma (ex-Aston Villa) and Arjen Robben (ex-Chelsea).
Comedy name potential: Luuk De Jong, Nigel De Jong, Siem De Jong.
Fun country fact: Netherlands (or Nederland) means Low County, which is hardly surprising since around 20 per cent of the country is below sea level.
Anthem / rating: Wilhelmus / 5 out of 10
Not exactly rousing. Shades of O Little Town of Bethlehem.