Kuyt delighted with successful Wembley week for Liverpool and Netherlands

The Dutchman followed up the Reds' League Cup triumph with a 3-2 international win against England to make it two victories in a matter of days at the national stadium
Dirk Kuyt has hailed a successful week at Wembley following victories for both Liverpool and Netherlands at the national stadium.

Kuyt was part of the Reds team that overcame Cardiff City to win the League Cup on Sunday, and played the full 90 minutes for a Dutch side which consigned England to a 3-2 friendly defeat.

"I think the Carling Cup final was brilliant, to get a trophy at Wembley, which is such a brilliant stadium," Kuyt told FATV. "But today also, we're very pleased with the result.

"It's special to play at Wembley. It's special to play against England and for us it was a very important game so we're very pleased with the result.

"We scored a couple of good goals, and I think England scored two very good goals as well.

"We would have been more pleased with a clean sheet – unfortunately that didn't happen but we still have a couple of months to be more than ready for the Euros."

Kuyt attributed England's late comeback to the disruption caused by a flurry of second-half substitutions made by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk, as he looked to experiment.

"I think we played very well for 65 or 70 minutes," Kuyt added.

"Then we made a couple of changes and it was more difficult for us but at the end of the day we won 3-2 at Wembley against a top country, so we're very pleased with that."

The 31-year-old insisted that the England squad remained strong, despite the absence of several senior players, as caretaker manager Stuart Pearce looked to hand younger names an opportunity to impress.

I think they're still a very strong side," Kuyt said. "They missed a couple of the experienced lads like Rooney, Lampard, Terry and Ferdinand, but still they've got a very strong side.

"It was the same with us – Wesley wasn't 100 per cent fit but still played 60 minutes and Robin only played 45.

"But I think both sides tried to make the best of it and the England team was young, but there was still a lot of quality on the pitch.

"For us it is very pleasing to beat England at their home ground, at Wembley. So a couple of months to go, and we're really looking forward to the Euros."

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