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Kuyt: Netherlands no long feared

5 September 2012 16:41

Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt admits opponents no longer fear the Dutch, but he believes they can still go far at the 2014 World Cup.

The Dutch endured an abysmal Euro 2012 campaign from which they crashed out at the group stages with no points, despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites.

They then lost 4-2 to Belgium in new coach Louis van Gaal's first game in charge.

Former Liverpool attacker Kuyt says the team is still recovering but feels the spirit in the Netherlands camp is good as they prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Turkey and Hungary.

"The fear of our opponents is gone, we have to rebuild," the Fenerbahce forward said.

"It is good that the expectations for the next World Cup are still to reach the semi-finals.

"The Netherlands go to each tournament with the idea that we want to win, otherwise I'd rather just stay at home."

The 32-year-old believes the team's confidence is still suffering from the humiliation in Poland and Ukraine and other teams are no longer intimidated by them.

But Kuyt says discussions about the future have been positive.

"The players that are still here since the European Championships are coming off a huge disappointment," he said.

"Under (Bert) van Marwijk we played with great confidence for three-and-a-half years. We felt like we would go out and win, no matter who was in the team or who we were playing.

"But that feeling has disappeared. The fear of our opponents has disappeared very quickly. It is important that we regain our confidence.

"I thought all the conversations we had in the three days around the Belgium game were very important. They have given me the feeling that everyone is serious to make something out of it."

Kuyt added: "The most important thing in football is realising that the team is more important than you.

"If anyone, even a country like Greece, can become European champions then we can do something at the next World Cup.

"We still have plenty of older guys who can perform at the World Cup and who knows where some of the younger talents will be in two years? A lot can happen in two years."

Netherlands play Turkey on Friday in their opening qualifier before they face Hungary on Tuesday.

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2 - 0

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
7 September 2012
Kick-off
20:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Amsterdam ArenA (Amsterdam)
Attendance
49500

Goals

R. van Persie 17'
(assist by W. Sneijder) 
1 - 0
L. Narsingh 90'+3  
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