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Krul has no Spain fear

Holland goalkeeper Tim Krul says that Holland have nothing to fear when they face current champions Spain in their Group B opener.

In a repeat of the 2010 final, the two sides get their campaigns underway when they go head-to-head at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, with Chile and Australia making up the rest of the group.

An extra-time winner from Andres Iniesta secured the win for Spain when they met in South Africa four years ago, and Vicente Del Bosque's side are looking to claim their fourth consecutive major trophy this summer.

But Krul, who will provide competition for Jasper Cillessen and Michel Vorm, believes Louis van Gaal's men are capable of getting a result.

"Of course, they are a great side but why not test ourselves against the very best from our first game?" he said.

"Don't forget, they won't fancy facing us either because we have a top squad too.

"As long as everyone is fit and raring to go, I believe we have a good chance again them."

A disappointing Euro 2012 campaign saw Holland crash out in the group stages after losing all three of their games, meaning that there is added pressure to perform this time around.

Krul says: "Holland always expects. That is just how our country is when it comes to football.

"We have a very difficult group but all of us believe we will get through the group stages."