Van der Sar has no qualms about labelling Stekelenburg his successor in the Netherlands national team

Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar has heaped praise on his compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg in the build up to Netherlands' Euro 2012 campaign in Poland and Ukraine.

The 29-year-old left Ajax for a new adventure with Roma last summer, a move that has paid dividends as far as the keeper's development is concerned, according to the retired Van der Sar.

"Maarten was ready to go abroad. If he was 21, I would have advised him to stay put at Ajax, but all the flying, playing more top games and having more great players around him in Serie A has helped him grow," the Champions League winner told De Telegraaf.

"He has a personality that has really helped him make the step up to the international stage. I'd rather have nothing to do with flamboyant goalkeepers, and Maarten being quiet and sober is good for the Dutch national team."

Apart from praising Stekelenburg's ability, Van der Sar also took the time to hail the meteoric rise of Newcastle's Tim Krul.

"Tim is a relaxed guy with his feet firmly planted on the ground. He's not a boy who lives for the bravado."

Both goalkeepers have been included in Bert van Marwijk's squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, with Stekelenburg recently overcoming a shoulder injury to declare himself fit to play.

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