Huntelaar reveals Fabio shock
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar admits he was surprised by the resignation of Fabio Capello and believes it could hinder England's progress at Euro 2012.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 29/02/12 1:40pm
Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar admits he was surprised by the resignation of Fabio Capello and believes it could hinder England's progress at Euro 2012.
England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce is preparing to take temporary charge of the senior side for the friendly with Hunterlaar's Holland at Wembley on Wednesday in the wake of Capello's shock resignation earlier this month.
Capello left the post following a disagreement with the Football Association over their decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.
The FA have yet to speak to any potential replacements and have pledged to take their time before naming an appointment, though Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is widely tipped to take the role at the end of the Premier League season.
Huntelaar, who plays his club football for German side Schalke, still sees England as contenders for this summer's European Championships but thinks they could be hindered by the upheaval at management level.
"Personally, I was surprised by the exit of Fabio Capello before the Euros," said the 28-year-old.
"This is not good news for England because another coach will arrive with a new system and they will need to adapt.
"The next Euros will be very open. For me, England is among the list of candidates, without doubt, though this change on the bench could affect things."
Huntelaar also revealed his excitement to be playing at Wembley and insisted that the Dutch squad were taking this game seriously, given the sides could potentially meet in Poland and Ukraine in the summer.
"The match is not a simple friendly," he added. "England and Holland are big teams and among the favourites for the Euros and a win could add extra motivation for the competition.
"To fight against the English defenders is a big test for any forward. I am very motivated for the match in London.
"It would be magnificent to score at Wembley, this stadium is sensational."