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Arjen Robben ready for Netherlands call up

Sun 09 May 2021 | 19:34

Arjen Robben has said he would be happy to return to Netherlands national team for Euro 2020 if he got a call up from Frank de Boer.

The former

Bayern Munich

winger announced his retirement from football in 2019 but made a return to his boyhood club

Groningen

last summer.

The 37-year-old has missed the majority of this season with an injury but made his first start after seven months against

FC Emmen

on Sunday, and made two assists in the 4-0 win.

The winger retired from playing for his country in 2017 but declared himself available should

Frank de Boer

decide to call him up.

"I've come a long way, that is what I wanted,"

Robben told 

ESPN 

as he shed tears of joy in his post-match interview

.

"I want to help the club and I want to play. If I can and it works then I'm very happy. 

"It was a hard road. I was hoping for it and I expected more from it. It was tough and difficult, but I kept fighting. The reward had to come sometime. I had fun, like a child, and was also important to the team.

"I'm really happy. This is what I do it for. Starting again for the first time, I wanted it so badly."

Netherlands manager Frank De Boer said he could call Robben up to the national team for the European Championship this summer.

Asked what his response would be, Robben said

: "Then I'll come! When I started this last summer, the Euros was something of my wildest dreams.

"Firstly I want to stay realistic and see how things go in the coming weeks. Then we'll see further."


source: SportMob