That's right, France were also unimpressive before the WC 98, but they still managed to win it. The Dutch have to refelct themselves on that performance.
The Dutch still have every right to be favourites. By June 1 Rijkaard will have to give his list of 22 to UEFA. Hasselbaink and Makaay have been unimpressive, neither can really fit into the system of the national team. Numan could also not be part of the elite 22, he was outstanding at the WC 98, but has lost form and a lot of fitness after a long injury, Holland has enough talented left-footed players, Numan could be the one to just miss out.
But the biggest worry for Rijkaard has to be wether or not Ronald De Boer and Ruud Van Nistelrooij will be fit in time for Euro 2000, or should I say June 1, just over a month away, Rijkaard could have to decide wether or not to include half-fit star players, or fully-fit players who have played well with their clubs this season, but performed poorly in the friendly's
And right now, France should be the only challenge for Holland in the group stage. The Czech were extremly vunrable in defence in their match with Israel, and Denmark are no where near any form, the Danes usually come to life in the KO stages of major tournament, but this time they may not make it that far, there are no teams like South Africa and Saudi Arabia around this time.