Ruud Gullit: Blame for crushed Orange lies at Van Marwijk's door
23:43 GMT, 17 June 2012
Sportsmail columnist Ruud Gullit (right) was bitterly disappointed to see his countrymen bow out at the group stage following Sunday night's game against Portugal.
Their star-studded squad had left themselves too much to do after defeats by Denmark and Germany – so what and who is to blame
Here are the Euro 88 winner's latest thoughts on the tournament….
Solemn symphony: Bert van Marwijk oversaw three Dutch defeats
Seeing Holland go out in the group stage is a surprise, but the team have stood still for the past two years and this is the result of that.
In 2010, when they reached the World Cup final, Holland played in a certain system and it worked. But they haven't evolved – they have stayed exactly the same – and Germany, Portugal and others have improved.
Then and in the first two games here, Bert van Marwijk started with two holding midfielders – Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong – and they aren't at all creative.
Holding players: Mark van Bommel (left) and Nigel de Jong (right) lack creativity
They are both Roy Keanes. With them in the team, there aren't enough players who can provide chances for the front four. It's OK to have one holding midfielder – it's a good thing – but not two.
Everyone has been screaming at Van Marwijk, telling him to put a more creative player in there but he wouldn't do it.
Even after the defeat to Denmark, he didn't want to change. He was still loyal to the system.
He finally brought on Rafael van der Vaart at half time against Germany, but it was too late by then.
He refused to change things before it was too late.
It is the opposite of the Germans, who have a good balanced team.
Workhorse: Sami Khedira (right) does so much running for Germany
Sami Khedira does so much running, getting forward and tracking back but they have Bastian Schweinsteiger next to him who is a playmaker.
Mesut Ozil is so creative, too, and Mario Gomez is an unbelievably good striker.
All their players offer something and work hard. It is good to see and it's good football.
In defence for Holland, left-back Jetro Willems had a tough time against Germany, but he is very good. At 18, he is the youngest-ever player to play at the Euros and he will do very well.
But why did Van Marwijk not put Urby Emanuelson in the squad when he has been playing left-back for Ajax and then AC Milan all season
It's another strange decision.
There has been a lot of criticism about Robin van Persie, who has struggled to be as clinical in front of goal as he was for Arsenal last season.
Finding it tough: Robin van Persie (right) feels the force of Miguel Veloso's challenge
I feel for him and know what he's going through because I had the same problem in 1988.
I had a great season with AC Milan, but it wasn't easy at the European Championship.
I didn't score until the final and people criticised my form.
There was a lot of expectation, but I was too tired.
When you have such a good and hard season, most of the time you don't play that well in the summer tournament.
It's been the same with Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past. There has been too much energy spent during the season proper.
England have done well. It's what we expected: a rigid set-up and not the best football to watch, but they have results and now Wayne Rooney is coming back.
They are in the hunt.
Big difference: Wayne Rooney (left) and Danny Welbeck (right) will pair up against Ukraine
Roy Hodgson hasn't had time to work miracles so all he can do is make sure his team are solid and don't give away goals.
I can understand that, but they'll have to cut out the sloppiness they showed against Sweden.
Rooney will make a big difference.
I'd play Danny Welbeck alongside him.
Andy Carroll is someone who should be used as a pinch hitter, someone you bring off the bench later on when things go wrong.
Rooney and Welbeck play together at Manchester United and I'd expect Hodgson to pair them up front against Ukraine.
Carroll can be effective off the bench, and we saw Theo Walcott have a similar effect against Sweden, when their defenders were tiring.
It's about changing things up.
Spain are still my favourites to win the tournament.
Back in form: Spain's Fernando Torres is among the goals and Spain are Gullit's favourites
Vicente Del Bosque changed his system after starting with six midfielders in the first match and they looked back to their best against Ireland.
It was good to see Fernando Torres score and playing well again.
When you're struggling in front of goal, sometimes you just need a game against weaker opposition so you can get a goal and start to feel confident again.
So I'm really happy that he scored.
Italy have surprised me in a good way.
Playing well: Andrea Pirlo's form means Italy could go a long way in the tournament
Despite the difficulties they have had with the match-fixing allegations in their country, they have played really well.
Andrea Pirlo is playing very, very well and they could go far in this tournament.