Dutch talk up England's chances

Van Persie and Robben back Three Lions' Euro 2012 chances

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben: Played roles in England's downfall at Wembley on Wednesday

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Robin van Persie thinks England have a 'massive chance' of surpassing expectations at Euro 2012 and Netherlands compatriot Arjen Robben has also praised the Three Lions.

Robben put Stuart Pearce's side firmly in their place with a two-goal match-winning performance in Wednesday night's 3-2 friendly victory at Wembley.

The former Chelsea winger scored a brilliant solo effort and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted a quick-fire second, and although England looked to have salvaged a draw, Holland simply went up another gear again as Robben snatched victory.

Bert van Marwijk's men looked capable of scoring even more in a match they treated very much as a friendly for the most part and the 2010 World Cup finalists will be among the favourites in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

"They were a bit younger, but a very good team. They have a massive chance of playing well this summer."

Robin van Persie on England

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The same cannot be said for England after their latest defeat against one of the game's superpowers, but Van Persie and Robben were both diplomatic in the extreme about their opponents.

Arsenal star Van Persie, who was withdrawn at half-time to avoid him aggravating a groin niggle, said: "They were a bit younger, but a very good team. They have a massive chance of playing well this summer.

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"Both teams played well. England played well, too. First half, really well and a crazy end to the game."

Robben, now at Bayern Munich, added of England's Euro 2012 hopes: "It will be tough, but it will be tough for each country.

"We are also in a very difficult group with Portugal, Denmark and Germany. It's going to be maybe the toughest group, and also England's.

"But they have great potential, they have a great team."

Van Persie and Robben are part of one of the most feared forward lines in world football, but the latter said: "For us, the most important thing is that we work as a team.

"The only way the players up front can make a difference is if the organisation in the team is right.

"The midfielders and the defenders are as important as the other players."

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