Sneijder hits out at 'pathetic egos' in Dutch camp

The Inter midfielder urged his Oranje team-mates to set aside personal grudges and pull together in the same direction with their Euros hopes hanging by a thread

Wesley Sneijder has slammed the "pathetic egos" inside the Netherlands squad as they prepare to face Germany in a make-or-break clash on Wednesday night.

The Oranje slumped to a shock defeat to Denmark in their opening fixture, with reports emerging that the result had led to infighting within the camp.

 Stefan Coerts
 Netherlands Expert
Sneijder's outburst is a logical reaction to the recent developments in the Dutch camp. Although they have a crucial game coming up against Germany, the focus seems to lie with the happiness of individual players such as Huntelaar and Van der Vaart rather than on the team's next opponents.

One of Oranje's biggest strengths at the 2010 World Cup was that they always acted as a unit and were willing to make sacrifices for each other. If they want to be successful in Poland and Ukraine, the Dutch need to get their act together as soon as possible, and that's exactly what Sneijder is trying to achieve here.

Schalke star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is known to be angry at being left out in favour of Robin van Persie, while Rafael van der Vaart and Dirk Kuyt have both declared their frustration at having been overlooked for a starting role, and Sneijder has demanded that his team-mates pull together to rescue their Euro 2012 campaign.

"It is time we let these pathetic egos go," Sneijder told reporters. "If somebody is creating a mess, I will stand up against them now.

"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."

The Netherlands kick off against Germany at 20:45CET in Kharkiv.