The right kind of headache for van Basten

The Netherlands' manager Marco van Basten has a serious problem: how to select only 11 players to start Saturday's quarter-final in Basle against Russia when he has 23 fit and raring to go. Unlike Germany, Italy and others, the Dutch not only cruised through their group with a 100 per cent record but avoided picking up any injuries or suspensions along the way. Indeed, players not fully fit for the opening two games, like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Mario Melchiot, all demonstrated in the 2-0 win against Romania on Tuesday that they are back in contention.

Today at Euro 2008: Van Basten to field weaker side against Romania

The Netherlands coach Marco van Basten has hinted he would rest Andre Ooijer and Nigel de Jong for tomorrow's game against Romania. Defender Ooijer and midfielder De Jong were booked earlier in the tournament and a second yellow card for the Group C winners in the next game in Berne would mean a suspension for the quarter-finals. "If someone is tired, has a problem with yellow cards or we think a player has done so well [in training] he deserves a chance," Van Basten said, adding that he still expected a good display even though his side have qualified for the last eight. "We want to perform at our best," he said. "For me every match is important and that won't change if some of the players don't play." One man who looks to be in the starting line-up is Arjen Robben. The winger missed the game against Italy through injury but did well when he came on as a substitute against France on Friday. "He is fit, he wants to play and he can play," Van Basten said.

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Dutch doubts as Van Basten plays it safe

If a response to this summer's irritatingly persistent BBC query "Who will you support?" had been elicited at the fag end of the last millennium, there would have been no doubt about our instinctive response. It had to be Holland, didn't it? The nation that speaks English better than many Britons; a nation with an interesting line in coffee shops and attitudes towards sex; and, from a footballing point of view, a nation which, given its freedom by the school of Johan Cruyff, was the one England (and the other home countries) would most like to be.

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