Euro 2012 only a success if we win it: Van der Vaart

Updated: Jun 06, 2012, 18:49 PM IST

Amsterdam: Rafael van der Vaart has stated that Euro 2012 will only be considered a success for Netherlands if they win the tournament.

The Dutch Football Association revealed earlier this week that Oranje`s goal is to reach the semi-finals, but the Tottenham star is aiming even higher as he intends to help the Dutch to their first major trophy since 1988.

"The Euros will be a success for us when we win it. And you have to say that out loud as well, because saying things like `a semi-final is nice`... no, we were finalists at the World Cup, so we also need to have the highest ambition now," Van der Vaart was quoted as saying by Uefa.com.

"It`s also a case of being the ideal age now. I won`t say it`s now or never, but it`s certainly a moment that you could describe as, `If you can do it now, then it should definitely happen`.

"A lot has stayed the same [since South Africa]. I hope we play some better football than in 2010. I had the feeling then that we could even have been better, and we hope to do that now during the Euros."

Netherlands start Euro 2012 with the Group B match against Denmark on June 9.

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