Boulahrouz & Huntelaar should start for Netherlands against Germany, says Van Hooijdonk

Retired Dutch striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has urged Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk to hand a starting berth to Khalid Boulahrouz and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for Wednesday's Euro 2012 Group B clash with Germany.

The Oranje attack failed to fire in their 1-0 defeat to Denmark in the opening game on Saturday, while their back line looked extremely vulnerable on the counter, leading to speculation that Van Marwijk could make changes for Wednesday's make-or-break clash with Joachim Low's men.

 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
 Euro 2012 Columnist
 

Van Hooijdonk suggested replacing the attack-minded Gregory van der Wiel with Boulahrouz at right-back while also bringing in Schalke forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to spearhead the attack with Robin van Persie shifted out to the right wing.

JIMMY'S NETHERLANDS XI

(4-2-3-1)
Stekelenburg
Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Schaars
N. De Jong, Van Bommel
Robben, Van Persie, Kuyt
Huntelaar


"We really need to start with Huntelaar," he told Algemeen Dagblad.

"I also hope the coach has a good conversation with Van Persie and orders him to create chances playing as a right winger.

"Boulahrouz will be more suited [at right-back] against the Germans.

"[Arjen] Robben should play on the left, crossing balls for Huntelaar to score. As for [Ibrahim] Afellay, I would use him as a substitute," he asserted.

Netherlands take on Germany at 20:45CET in Kharkiv.

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