Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has backed Brazil and Argentina as the favourites for this year's World Cup.

The Schalke player, who will be part of Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad, believes that the South American teams won't have the additional task of adapting to the conditions in Brazil.

As a result, Huntelaar feels that they will go into the tournament as strong favourites. 

"Both countries [Brazil and Argentina] have strong teams full of outstanding players," Huntelaar told FIFA's official site


"They won’t need to adapt to the South American climate either.

"Other teams, such as those from Europe for example, will first have to get used to the conditions and this could have a slight impact on their performances."

The 30-year-old has scored 12 goals in 18 appearances for his club this year and will be looking to take his good form into the tournament.

However, he also admits that he will have to fight for his chance in the presence of the fellow forward Robin van Persie.

Huntelaar has managed 60 caps for Netherlands and has scored 34 goals for his team.

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