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The Germany Under-21 skipper is hoping his side can get their European Championship campaign under way with a win against their rivals

Germany Under-21 captain Lewis Holtby is relishing the project of facing rivals Netherlands as his side kick off their Under-21 European Championship campaign.

The two countries have shared a fierce rivalry for years and the Tottenham midfielder is determined to start off the tournament with a win.

"There's nothing more pleasant than beating Netherlands," Holtby told Kicker.

"To start off the tournament against our arch rivals is just fantastic. I want to lead the team to the title."

Holtby went on to say that he was determined to put Tottenham's failure to secure a Champions League spot behind him ahead of the tournament.

"That was a catastrophe for us. However, I can't let this bad mood affect die Mannschaft."

Holtby joined the Spurs from Schalke in the winter transfer window for a fee in the region of €1.7 million.

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