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Historic victory on the cards...

Manchester City battler Nigel de Jong is convinced the time has come for the Netherlands to lift their first World Cup.

Bert van Marwijk's side battled past Uruguay yesterday to secure their place in Sunday's final. After winning all their games in South Africa, the team is in a confident mood no matter who comes out on top in the Germany vs Spain last-four clash tonight.

Speaking to reporters after the 3-1 victory against the South Americans, de Jong was in bullish mood about the Dutch's hopes.

He said: "That is right [having never won], but it is not a problem.

"The energy we get from it is positive, not negative.

"Those teams in the past put Holland on the map. But that was 32 years ago. This is a new generation.

"We cannot go into the game with any memories of the past.

"This is our squad and our time. With all due respect, they had theirs."

De Jong sat out yesterday's game through suspension. He declared it had been "the hardest game" of his career as he watched on from the sidelines.

"That was the hardest game I have ever been involved in.

"I am more tired than all the other guys in the dressing room put together.

"I was so nervous. I was missing the semi-final of the World Cup because I had picked up two yellow cards.

"It just made it a very stressful night.

"But the guys did a terrific job. They made it possible for me to play in a World Cup final."

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