Nigel de Jong: Netherlands don't have to apologise for Euro 2012 exit

A number of players in the Dutch squad have offered their apologies for Oranje's poor display, but the Manchester City midfielder insists losing is part of the game
Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong feels that there is no need for Netherlands players to say sorry following their disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.

Oranje started the tournament as one of the favourites, but stumbled at the first hurdle when they lost to Denmark, Germany and Portugal in their three Group b games.

Nevertheless, De Jong insists that the players did their utmost at the European Championship, and have no reason to feel remorse.

"No, I don't think we should offer our apologies. We all went out on the pitch with the intention to win," De Jong stated to NUsport.

"Losing is part of football, too. You have to be able to see things in perspective. You only apologise if you've done something with a bunch of friends that you shouldn't have done. Or when you're having an argument with your wife.

"You don't have to apologise for losing a game. Things like that simply happen. We all did our best."

Netherlands will return to action on August 15 when they take on Belgium in an international friendly.