Man United’s Robin van Persie hits back at his critics
Robin van Persie hits back at the recent criticism of his Netherlands captaincy
Robin van Persie has hit back at the criticism of his Netherlands captaincy.
The Dutchman was handed the armband by former boss Louis van Gaal back in 2013 and led his side to a third-place finish at the World Cup in Brazil.
However, with the Netherlands six points behind joint Group A leaders Iceland and Czech Republic in their bid for Euro 2016 qualification, the Manchester United striker has found himself at the centre of some criticism.
But the 31-year-old striker insists that he is paying no attention to his detractors.
“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,” said Van Persie.
“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.”