Schaars: I'm not afraid of Rommedahl or Nani at Euro 2012

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder spoke his anticipation for this summer's European Championship, and revealed that he is not fearful of any opponent, including the dynamic pair
Stijn Schaars says he is relishing the challenge of Netherlands' group at Euro 2012 after claiming that he is unfazed by any of the players he will face this summer.

The 28-year-old, who plies his trade with Sporting Lisbon, is likely to fill in at left-back following the injury sustained by Erik Pieters, who was forced to miss out on the tournament.

Teenager Jetro Willems is the Oranje's only other option in the position, but Schaars insists he is ready to step up to the plate, and believes he can handle renowned pacy wingers Dennis Rommedahl and Nani.

"After consultation with the coach, I will focus on that position. In midfield, I will not be considered, although I played there for a year in Portugal." the former AZ man told De Telegraaf.

"Tactically, I am strong and can anticipiate well. On the other hand, I can play my role in building the Oranje.

"I'm not afraid of the speed of Dennis Rommedahl [of Denmark] or Nani [of Portugal] at the European Championship. Of course, I'm not your typical defender."

Netherlands begin their final preparations for Euro 2012 with friendlies against Bulgaria, Slovakia and Northern Ireland before their Group B opener against Denmark in Kharkiv on June 9.