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Dutch Dangermen: Holland's biggest threats

Huntelaar is top scorer in the Bundesliga. (©GettyImages)
Huntelaar is top scorer in the Bundesliga. (©GettyImages).

With the news that Darren Bent is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury, England head to Euro 2012 with a severe lack of experienced attacking options.

The Aston Villa striker was expected to lead the line in Poland and Ukraine with Wayne Rooney suspended for the opening two fixtures, but ruptured ankle ligaments in the weekend draw with Wigan.

Conversely, England's opponents at Wembley on Wednesday evening - Holland - can boast a wealth of goalscoring talent, and Stuart Pearce's side will have quite a job keeping them at bay.

Not only do the Dutch possess a number of established attacking threats, but they also have numerous exciting young players who have impressed in the Eredivise this season.

GMF takes a look at the players who will pose the biggest threat to England's goal...

Players you know...

Robin van Persie

The Arsenal captain has been in quite sensational form over the past 12 months or so, and has registered a remarkable 23 goals in the Premier League alone this season.

In total, Van Persie has scored 33 times in 39 appearances for club and country this term, and will undoubtedly provide the greatest threat to England.

However, the 28-year-old suffered a knock in training on Tuesday evening, so may not be risked by Holland coach Bert van Marwijk.

Wesley Sneijder

Sneijder may not be enjoying his finest of seasons at the San Siro but, when in full flight, there are few better players to watch than the Inter Milan star.

The 27-year-old was Holland's key performer during their progression to the final of the 2010 World Cup, and the fact he missed out on the Ballon d'Or that year was a travesty.

Dangerous from set-pieces and keen to exploit the space between the opposition midfield and defence, England captain Scott Parker will be tasked with keeping a close eye on Sneijder.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Huntelaar has finally rediscovered the goalscoring touch he displayed during his time with Ajax, following difficult spells with both Real Madrid and AC Milan.

The Schalke striker has the most goals in the Bundesliga this season - 18 - and has scored 33 times across all competitions for his club.

The 28-year-old old also boasts an impressive international tally of 30 goals in 48 appearances, and could be given the nod ahead of Van Persie at Wembley.

…and a few you may not

Luuk de Jong

De Jong is regarded as one of the most exciting young players currently operating in Holland, and the FC Twente striker leads the Eredivisie scoring charts with 19 goals.

Unsurprisingly, the 21-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League after a number of stellar displays, with Liverpool reported to be his most likely destination.

De Jong has netted once in six senior appearances for the national side, and is seemingly set for a fruitful future on the international stage.

Georgino Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum is the nephew of on-loan Everton midfielder Royston Drenthe but, while the career of his uncle has stuttered somewhat, the young winger has announced himself as quite a prospect.

The 21-year-old attacker began his career with Feyenoord where he became the club's youngest ever first-team player, before being granted a high-profile move to PSV Eindhoven last summer.

Wijnaldum has scored seven goals this season for PSV, and scored once in only two appearances for Holland.

Ola John

John is another youngster to have been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League, where his elder brother Collins John represented Fulham.

The 19-year-old has been one of the star performers for FC Twente this season as they pursue the Eredivisie title, and has scored eight goals.

Should John make an appearance at Wembley, he will be making his senior international debut for Holland.

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