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The prolific striker is hopeful of making Holland's starting XI this summer and believes Brazil and Argentina are World Cup favourites

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is eager to partner Robin van Persie up front for Netherlands at this summer's World Cup.

The Manchester United man has been national team coach Louis van Gaal's first choice for the No.9 position ever since he took charge of the 2010 World Cup runners-up some two years ago.

However, the recent change from a 4-3-3 formation to a 5-3-2 opens the door for a second forward and Huntelaar is confident that he's compatible with Van Persie.

"I just hope that I can play as much as possible. Van Persie obviously operates as a forward too, but I don’t think it necessarily has to be a direct duel between the two of us," Huntelaar told fifa.com.

"It's equally feasible for our team to line up in a formation that accommodates two forwards, for example."

Netherlands meet Spain, Chile and Australia in Group B, but Huntelaar is confident the Dutch will make it to the knockout stages, although he stressed that they should not look too far ahead.

"Of course, I believe in my team and I’m convinced that we can make it to the latter stages in Brazil. Having said that, we've got some very strong opponents in our group and so we need to give 100 per cent in each game.

"Of course, the ideal scenario would be to return home as winners, but it’s important we don’t look too far ahead. We need to just focus our attention on the group stages and take things one step at a time."

The Schalke hitman then went on to stress that he sees Brazil and Argentina as the favourites to win this summer's tournament.

"Brazil and Argentina [are my favourites]. Both countries have strong teams full of outstanding players.

"They won’t need to adapt to the South American climate either. Other teams, such as those from Europe for example, will first have to get used to the conditions and this could have a slight impact on their performances."

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