Friday, June 15, 2012

Kuyt frustrated by sub role

Dirk Kuyt has expressed his dismay at losing his place in Holland’s starting side and says he will be doing all he can to regain his place at Euro 2012.

The 31-year-old has been a regular for the Oranje since making his debut in 2004 and played a pivotal role as they reached the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.

However, despite once again starring in qualifying for Euro 2012, he has fallen down the pecking order in the build-up to the championships in Poland and Ukraine, with Barcelona’s Ibrahim Afellay being preferred from the start.

Despite that, Kuyt was seen as an outsider by punters who want to bet on the top scorer in Poland and the Ukraine.

Afellay was in the team that lost 1-0 to Denmark on Saturday but it’s still unclear whether he’ll retain his place for Wednesday’s must win match against Germany.

Ahead of the tournament there were a number of calls for Kuyt, who recently agreed a transfer to Turkish side Fenerbahce, to start against the Danes at right-back in place of the inconsistent Gregory van der Wiel, with the legendary Johan Cruyff saying it would be the perfect role for the underrated star.

However, with coach Bert van Marwijk likely to stand by Van der Wiel, Kuyt will probably start on the bench against the Germans.

Despite the lack of Live Football the former Liverpool man says he’s determined to win his place back, whatever position he may be asked to play in.

"You never get used to being a substitute. It's a huge disappointment again every time you hear you're not starting," Kuyt said.

"I'm doing my utmost on the training pitch to show that I'm ready for it, but it's the coach who makes the decision in the end.

"You have to get over the disappointment, because we need all the players," he added.

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