Netherlands Football team players

NetherlandsGetty Dutch delight: Can Holland make the final as they did in South Africa?

It won't just be the eyes of the Dutch public on Holland at the World Cup with Manchester United fans taking a keen interest too.

The Dutch took Spain all the way to extra-time in the final four years ago and they will have to take on their nemesis in a tough group this time around, along with Chile and Australia.

And with their Euro 2012 collapse fresh in the mind, many are suggesting Holland could again fall at the first hurdle - despite their attacking plethora of talent.

Key players

Arjen Robben - At the age of 30, the Bayern Munich man is now one of the most experienced players in the Oranje squad. His game-changing miss against Spain in 2010 will continue to haunt him but Robben appears to have matured into a finer all-round player at the Allianz. There are still few better sights than the winger in full flow.

Wesley Sneijder - No longer recognised as one of the elites in the game, Sneijder can still have a huge impact this summer. His performances in South Africa were instrumental in Holland's run to the final and alongside anchorman Nigel de Jong, he will be given the freedom to impress again.

Robin van Persie - A series of injuries - and reported fall-outs with ex-boss David Moyes - severely restricted the Manchester United striker's club campaign, as he notched just 16 goals in all competitions. On his day, Van Persie is still one of the best front men in world football and as captain, will carry much of his country's hope in Brazil.

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Rising star

Stefan de Vrij - The Feyenoord defender has emerged as a transfer target for both Liverpool and Manchester United this summer and he will be out to impress at the World Cup. The fact Van Gaal wants to take the 22-year-old to Old Trafford proves just how highly he rates him.

Form

A tough qualifying group on paper proved no trouble whatsoever for the Dutch, who progressed to the finals winning nine out of their 10 games. 2-0 wins over Turkey, at the start and end of the group, secured qualification with the only blotch on the record a surprising 2-2 draw with Estonia.

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