Manchester United’s Robin van Persie has admitted that he is frustrated at being unable to feature in the Netherlands’ final group game of the FIFA World Cup against Chile through suspension.
Robin van Persie’s suspention has been softened slightly by the fact that Louis van Gaal’s men are already safely through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup but the Manchester United striker, who is currently sitting top of the goalscorer table along with Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben, is still disappointed to have to wait for an opportunity to add to his three-goal tally over in Brazil.
When asked about his leveller, that fantastic header against Spain, he told FIFA.com:
“That was the goal that got us back into the game. It was important. I knew we had to get one and, preferably, as quickly as possible. As soon as I scored, I had a good feeling again that we could win it. Especially from my point of view, I wanted it extra badly because I knew I wouldn’t be in the team for the next match. I’m annoyed about that.”
Australia provided a tough test for an unchanged team still buoyant after the sensational opening game in Group B, van Persie added:
“The main thing is that we are through,” he explained. “I don’t think anyone expected that [so early on] and it’s a very nice situation for us to be in.”