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Netherlands 2-1 Brazil

De Jong rues semi-final suspension

July 3, 2010

Nigel de Jong is hoping his Holland team-mates can keep alive his dreams of playing in the World Cup final as he prepares to sit out the match which could take them there.

Nigel de Jong
GettyImagesNigel de Jong has been roundly criticised.

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De Jong picked up his second yellow card of the tournament in Friday's 2-1 quarter-final win over favourites Brazil and, like full-back Gregory van der Wiel who suffered the same fate, will be a frustrated spectator for their semi-final clash with Uruguay in Cape Town on Tuesday night.

However, De Jong revealed he has already sought assurances from the rest of the squad that he will still have a chance to help secure a first ever World Cup win for the Dutch.

He said: "I am so disappointed. It was my second yellow for my first foul in the game. It's a little bit disappointing, but I know we have got enough quality to reach the final. I have said to the guys 'I will not be happy if we play for the third and fourth place'. They said 'No problem, we are going to do it for you and Gregory'.''