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Robben not the type of player to make sacrifices, says Van der Wiel
Robben not the type of player to make sacrifices, says Van der Wiel

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Robben not the type of player to make sacrifices, says Van der Wiel

Gregory van der Wiel has criticized Netherlands teammate Arjen Robben for his performances at Euro 2012 as he believes the Bayern Munich attacker failed to make sacrifices for the side.

Oranje went into the tournament as one of the favorites to emerge victorious in Poland and Ukraine, but crashed out in the group stages after losses against Denmark, Germany and Portugal.

In-fighting within the Dutch camp further compounded the misery and led to the dismissal of Bert van Marwijk as coach. Now, Van der Wiel has come out and admitted that he was not impressed by Robben's contributions to the team.

"If you give Arjen the ball and he has two opponents in front of him, he'll still try and get past them," the Ajax defender stated to NUsport. "He's not the type of player to sacrifice himself for the wing back and cut inside to create space for me, or tracks back to help me out when I'm dealing with two opponents.

"I was the one sacrificing myself for Arjen, and that's not something I'm used to. I prefer to do things together, both defending and attacking. It was a bit frustrating how things went."

Nevertheless, Van der Wiel is adamant that he can still co-exist with the Bayern star on the pitch.

"I know that we can play together and that he can be decisive for us. Things simply didn't work out for the entire team. It was completely different than at the World Cup."

Netherlands made it to the final of the 2010 World Cup, where it was beaten 1-0 by Spain after extra time.

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