World Cup Draw

Gullit toasts "lovely" Dutch draw

December 4, 2009
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Former Dutch player Ruud Gullit has toasted Holland's "lovely" World Cup draw.

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GettyImages / German AlegriaRuud Gullit says Holland have a "lovely" World Cup draw

Bert van Marwijk's side were pulled out of the hat in Group E alongside Cameroon, Japan and Denmark and Gullit says they will be relieved to have swerved meeting either Portugal or France.

And the man who skippered the Netherlands to their 1988 European Championships triumph thinks there is every reason for optimism in terms of their World Cup campaign.

He said: "It's a lovely draw for Holland. I am very happy, and I am sure everyone in Holland is very happy with the draw. You would have to look at some of the other groups that are far more interesting in terms of who might be going through, but for Holland I would hope and expect them to go through from this group.

"Naturally, it won't be easy, no one will ever say any group is easy. Denmark qualified comfortably in their group to get to the Finals, so no one will underestimate them, and Cameroon will be one of the favourites from the African nations to make progress, so they won't be weak. But Holland qualified winning all their games, so there is every reason for optimism."

Elsewhere, Gullit thinks Spain, Italy and England have done particularly well out of the draw that was made in Cape Town. He said: "Spain have an easy group, and Italy look to be in a good position, England too. Brazil will naturally be every ones favourites but they are in the most interesting group by far."