Euro 2012: England are among the favourites, says Bert van Marwijk
Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk believes England are among the favourites to win the European championship
Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk believes England are among the favourites to win the European championship in Poland and Ukraine.
The Dutch are heavily fancied to reach the final in the Olympic stadium in Kiev on June on 1 July, but Van Marwijk insists there are many strong contenders to win the tournament, including Roy Hodgson’s England side.
“We were talked about as one of the favourites before, and when you then lose a couple of times the atmosphere can turn around completely,” said Van Marwijk.
“That’s also been the case with Germany. They were the top favourites, but then they lost against France and suddenly everything changed – and now they have lost against Switzerland.
“France are also a strong team. There are many strong teams: Spain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, England. They are the strongest teams.”
Netherland’s suffered a 1-0 defeat by Spain in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, with Andres Iniesta scoring the winner in the second half of extra-time.
And Van Marwijk insists his squad can use the experience of losing the showpiece in 2010 as motivation to help them end the nation’s 24-year wait to be crowned the European champions again.
“I’ve always said that you have to bring the experience of the World Cup with you, and it has to be a motivation for the European Championship,” he added.
“We are a bit more experienced, but that can also be a danger as laziness can creep in, which is something we’ve discussed. We just have to reach that level once again, and everyone realises that.”
Van Marwijk’s side suffered a 2-1 friendly defeat by Bulgaria in May, before beating Slovakia and Northern Ireland in their final warm-up games ahead of Euro 2012.