Huntelaar voices frustration with substitute role

The prolific Schalke striker expressed his disappointment with his status as a bench-warmer at Oranje as the Dutch coach shuffles his pack to find the right balance
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has voiced his frustration with his substitute role as Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk seems to prefer Robin van Persie for the position of striker.

The Schalke attacker netted an impressive 48 goals in all competitions this term, but had to settle for a place on the bench in Holland's 2-0 friendly win over Slovakia, much to his disappointment.

"Angry is probably not the right word, but I have so many questions right now," Huntelaar was quoted as saying by De Telegraaf.

"I can't do any better than last season, I always train hard and I have a positive attitude. There's a chance that you become despondent if you still don't get a chance. I don't know what I have to do to become Oranje's first-choice striker to be honest."

The striker then went on to suggest that he is not concerned with the form of the Arsenal hitman, as he is only focusing on his own performances.

"The annoying thing is that everybody's talking about me and Robin. The outside world seems to be think it's either Van Persie or Huntelaar.

"I'm not seeing it that way, though. I am only looking at myself, and I want to play."

Netherlands are currently preparing for their final warm-up friendly against Northern Ireland on Saturday.

They have been paired with Denmark, Germany and Portugal at in Group B at Euro 2012.

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