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Netherlands head coach Bert van Marwijk has heaped praise on Premier League pair Dirk Kuyt and 'world class' Robin van Persie.

The duo have played vital roles in the team's 100 per cent winning march to tonight's World Cup 2010 semi-final match against Uruguay. While van Persie has yet to hit top form at the tournament, Kuyt has continued to excel out wide.

Speaking to reporters, van Marwijk was certain the Arsenal striker was one of the top talents in the world despite his travails in South Africa.

He said: "Robin is extremely talented. He is one of the best football players on this planet.

"He was injured for a very long time and you do need a certain rhythm. Sometimes it comes just like that. Sometimes it takes a bit longer."

Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt also received praise from the Oranje supremo for his trademark energy and desire.

"I read somewhere that when Rafael Benitez picked a team at Liverpool, he wrote Kuyt's name down first," said the 58-year-old.

"Every player has a period where things don't work out and Liverpool had a very tough year, but Kuyt is extremely important for us.

"The way he plays shows his passion and enthusiasm, and that is catching."

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