At home in a midfield role, Schaars have been playing in that position for his club side in recent months, but he heads into Euro 2012 with his thoughts focused on playing at left back.
The injury ruling Erik Pieters out of the Holland squad this summer meant that coach Bert van Marwijk needed to plug a hole in his back-line and this former Vitesse and AZ Alkmaar star may be targeted as a weak link by some of the speedy winger set to face up to him this summer.
“I have been told by the coach that I will not be considered for a midfield position and it is a difficult position to challenge for as Holland are lucky to have so many quality performers,” says Schaars.
The coach wants me to focus on the left back position. I may not look like a typical defender, but I’m helping the cause of Oranje.”