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Bert van Marwijk had to make some tough decisions and exclude several quality players for his Euro 2012 campaign. Rick D'Andrea believes The Netherlands could have done with the below players, who failed to make the final 23...
The AC Milan left-sided player failed to scrape into Bert van Marwijk's 36-man provisional squad, being left at home to enjoy the summer.
Emanuelson found it tough to not only get game time, but also had to battle injuries throughout the Serie A season.
His second-half to the Serie A campaign was far more fruitful, but not enough as the Rossoneri opted to use the likes of Djamel Mesbah and Luca Antonini at left-back, and Clarence Seedorf and Antonio Nocerino in the midfield.
The soon-to-be 26-year-old had been capped 14 times by the 2012 FIFA World Cup Finalists, and many believed his big-game ability to turn it on at the right time would have been enough to at least see him make the 36-man provisional squad.
Having starred for Ajax prior to making the move to Italy in 2011, Emanuelson also missed out on participating in the previous European Championships, as well as the World Cup.
Maduro has seen limited game time according to van Marwijk, in order for him to be included in the provisional 36-man roster.
The Valencia midfielder suffered serious ankle ligament damage in an international friendly in October, starting only twice since his return in March for Los Che.
His injury also played a big part in him recently signing with La Liga outfit Sevilla on a free transfer, as he wasn't quite to replicate the form he showed before transferring across to Spain with Ajax, where he led the side to their third-consecutive Dutch Super Cup.
The 27-year-old had seen big international football tournament experience, having been selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 Summer Olympics, and his knowledge would have come in handy during the later stages of the competition, having received 18 caps for the Oranje.
SIEM DE JONG
One player who did make the provisional 36-man and secondary provisional 27-man squad lists was Ajax's Siem De Jong. The 23-year-old was forced to play up front for the Eredivisie Champions due to injuries, and even scored the title-deciding goal this term against VVV Venlo.
But the attacking midfielder was left out of the 23-man roster for several reasons, unlike his brother Luuk.
The Ajax attacker was competing against the likes of the EPL's leading goalscorer in Arsenal superstar Robin van Persie, Twente's Luuk De Jong, who finished with 25 goals, and Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Add into this mix Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay, Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart, and it is easy to see that the 23-year-old would have struggled to see any game time at all.
Having also only been capped by the KNVB once back in 2010 didn't help his cause.