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Manchester United coach claims the 26-year-old strikers' return from a two-match ban could prove a catalyst for England at Euro 2012 and assesses Netherlands' chances

Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen believes Wayne Rooney's suspension will benefit England at Euro 2012 this summer.

The 48-year-old Dutchman believes the Three Lions should not be written off ahead of the tournament, citing the strikers’ return from a two-match ban as a potential catalyst for Roy Hodgson's side.

He told Voetball International: "I can see England doing well at the Euros. The fact that Rooney isn't available in the first two games isn't per se a negative point.

"Maybe in the next round he is fresh and he can give the team a bit extra that they will need."

However, the former Brondby IF coach was much more pessimistic about his home country’s chances, claiming the Netherlands need to play at a fast tempo if they were to succeed in Poland and Ukraine.

He explained: "I don't see Holland playing a good tournament. Van Bommel and De Jong always play, so we got use to that. Those two decrease the pace of the game."

Much of the debate surrounding the Netherlands has centred around whether they can play on-form strikers Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Robin Van Persie in the same side.

But Meulensteen insists that the duo, who have plundered 67 goals between them this season for respective club sides Schalke 04 and Arsenal, can be successful in tandem.

"Van Persie and Huntelaar can play together, but you need to show courage," he insisted.

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