Dutch captain Mark van Bommel launched a broadside at the side's critics on Saturday saying that their criticism was not justified even after losing both their Group B matches at Euro 2012.
"Before I was a hero, now I am nothing more than the son-in-law of (Bert) Van Marwijk," said van Bommel, referring to the fact he is married to the Dutch coach's daughter.
"I read the criticism, and I understand it. But I do not find it justified.
"These past four years, we were kings, and I didn't hear anything (criticism).
"Now we have no value."
Van Bommel in particular has come under fire from several observers, including their Euro 1988 winning captain Ruud Gullit, questioning whether he really still had the physical stamina and attributes for this level.
Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel tries to catch the ball during the Euro 2012 championships football match the Netherlands vs Germany on June 13, 2012 at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO/ PATRIK STOLLARZ