Dutch so scared of slipping on the Ice; ROAD TO SOUTH AFRICA 2010...Byline: By Anthony Haggerty
DUTCH star Nigel de Jong Nigel de Jong (born November 30, 1984 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland) is a Dutch football player, currently playing for Hamburg.
Nigel de Jong is the son of Dutch footballer Jerry de Jong. He began as a youth player for Ajax Amsterdam. admits the Oranje are turning yellow at the thought of a slip-up against Iceland today.
Holland take on their Group 9 rivals in Rotterdam in a game they are expected to win.
But the Hamburg midfielder revealed there is a fear factor in the Dutch camp because they are overwhelming favourites to win this tie and top the group.
De Jong said: "Iceland are not a bad team, as our players saw in their game against Norway.
"There are no small nations any more. We need to be at 100 per cent to make sure we get the victory.
"We have everything to lose as a great football country and any mistake of ours can be punished, not just in this match but in the qualifying campaign as a whole."
Holland have been hit with a triple attacking injury blow.
Celtic's Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink Jan Johannes Vennegoor of Hesselink (Pronounced Yan Fenni-gore off Hessylink) (born November 7, 1978 in Oldenzaal) is a Dutch football player who currently plays for Scottish Premier League club Celtic. He plays in the position of striker. He stands at 191 cm and weighs 92 kg. , Robin van Persie of Arsenal and Arjen Robben of Real Madrid are all out.
They join goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defenders Khalid Boulahrouz and Wilfred Bouma on the injured list.
Bench Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk Lambertus ("Bert") van Marwijk (born 19 May, 1952 in Deventer, Overijssel) is a former football (soccer) player from the Netherlands, and nowadays a coach. He is the father-in-law of Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel. is set to call on Real Madrid's Wesley Sneijder despite the playmaker play·mak·er
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play being out injured with a knee injury since August.
Sneijder is likely to come off the bench at some stage for only his second competitive match of the season.
Van Marwijk said: "There is a chance he will be in the squad but you can assume he won't start. We have more attackers than defenders in the squad."
Iceland defender Gretar Steinsson has warned the Dutch not to underestimate his country.
He said: "If the Dutch players think it is going to be easy to beat us then they're going to get it tough."
FEAR FACTOR: De Jong