Huntelaar's absence fuels rumours about Dutch disquiet
KRAKOW, Poland, June 11, 2012 (AFP) - Fears of discontent inside the 2010 World Cup finalists Holland's Euro 2012 squad grew on Monday when it was announced star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be the only player not talking to the Dutch press.
The 28-year-old - the leading scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 29 goals for Schalke 04 and also in the Euro qualifiers with 12 in 10 games - had been left seething when Robin van Persie was preferred to him to lead the attack for their opening Group B match against Denmark.
The Danes went on to pull off a surprise 1-0 win over the Dutch in Saturday's clash and left the talented but fragile losers in danger of going home early as they still have games against three-time champions Germany and Portugal.
Van Persie gave a listless performance - as he had done in the 2010 World Cup where once again coach Bert van Marwijk's preferred front man he scored just once in seven games - and Huntelaar was finally sent on with 20 minutes remaining.
All the Dutch players were due to meet with the domestic press on Monday but the Dutch Football Federation announced that Huntelaar would now be absent.
Dutch squads have a history of imploding and is one of the main reasons for their lack of success down the years, with just the 1988 European title to show for all the talent they have produced.