Sneijder hits out at “pathetic egos” in Dutch Squad

Netherlands and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has hit out at the “pathetic egos” inside the Holland squad as they prepare to face Germany tonight with the possibility of getting knocked out of the tournament looming large.

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The Dutch lost their opening game against Denmark and desperately need a result against one of the pre-tournament favourites if they are not to face an early exit.

But, as has happened so often in the past with the Dutch team in the past, their preparations for an important game has been disrupted by disharmony in the squad and Sneijder has now voiced his displeasure with the situation.

“It is time we let go of these pathetic egos,” he said. “If somebody is creating a mess [within the squad], I will stand up against them.

“We don’t need a psychologist with the Dutch team, we are grown-up men. The ones who have a problem with other players or the manager should tell them face to face. That is the only psychology we need. We have to stop living on little islands. We must all go for the same goal, be united or face the consequences.”

However, his call for unity seems to have little chance of succeeding with Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart voicing his disappointment at being left out of Bert van Marwijk’s starting XI for the game against Denmark. “I am very disappointed,” Tottenham’s midfielder was quoted as saying in Voetbal International. “The coach has his preferences, I am not part of them and I don’t think that is going to change.

Holland play Germany tonight in the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv at 19:45 with Portugal facing Denmark in Lviv at 5pm.


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