Since Louis van Gaal left the Dutch national team for Manchester United, the country have been struggling in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016.

Guus Hiddink’s team now sit six points behind group leaders Iceland and Czech Republic, but Robin van Persie insists he is not taking the blame for that and will remain as captain.

I have the feeling I’m in the middle of the group. The critics don’t hurt me, because I get appreciated by people who can really judge. I receive the appreciation and feel it every day. The Netherlands is a country with a lot of opinions. Those get harder and harder, increasingly ruthless. That’s a trend. I have to deal with it. Everyone can have his opinion. That’s the world we live in. I was chosen by Louis van Gaal on the basis of who I am and what I did and am doing. I don’t see why I should change.




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