The Dutch media have singled out Van Persie for failing to produce his best form throughout the elimination rounds, with all three of his goals coming in the group stage.
"I think we were a genuine team and I can say that on behalf of several players," Kuyt told reporters. "This group had the best team spirit I've worked in in five tournaments and Van Persie was the leader.
"Robin was injured for two months and fought so hard to come back. The way he returned to the tournament was fantastic and he led the team."