De Jong: Netherlands must win Euro 2012

The 27-year-old vowed to win this summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine after narrowly missing out on the World Cup two years ago
NETHERLANDS
GROUP B
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
P
PTS
 NETHERLANDS 10 27
 SWEDEN
10 24
 HUNGARY 10 19
 FINLAND 10 10
 MOLDOVA 10 9
 SAN MARINO 10 0

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong declared that the Netherlands are determined to win the upcoming European Championship.

The 27-year-old was part of the Oranje side which lost 1-0 to Spain in the World Cup final two years ago but insisted that Bert van Marwijk's men have the talent to ensure victory this summer.

"We know the strength of the team. We must have a soul and a purpose. We need to win this title," the midfielder told Eredivisie Live.

Fresh from winning the Premier League title with City, De Jong stated that he is thinking only about the task at hand in Poland and Ukraine.

"I now feel better within the camp, but my focus is now on the Dutch national team."

Meanwhile, AC Milan's Urby Emanuelson expressed his disappointment at not being picked to go to Euro 2012 despite Erik Pieters' injury, but expressed his desire to return to the Oranje side after the tournament.

"He [Van Marwijk] indicated I was not in the picture for the left-back position. I had, in his opinion, not played enough in the last two-and-a-half years," Emanuelson told NuSport.

"I came short of [Wesley] Sneijder, [Rafael] van der Vaart and [Ibrahim] Afellay [for the attacking midfielder position]. Now I know at least what the reason is, and where I should focus on.

"Of course I still regret that I did not have the chance. It was an enlightening conversation and softens the disappointment. I now empty my head and go on vacation."

The Netherlands begin their preparations with a series of friendlies, starting against Bulgaria next Saturday. Van Marwijk's men face Denmark in their Group B opener on June 9.