Arjen Robben admits Holland’s Euro 2012 hopes were derailed by bitter in-fighting.
The Dutch headed home after they were knocked out at the group stages following their 2-1 defeat to Portugal. There have been power struggles within their fractured camp. Holland lost their other two games.
And Robben said: “Of course there were some internal issues but we will keep them indoors. But believe me we tried everything, it’s just not worked.”
Holland’s big names have been blamed but Robben insists it was a collective failure. The Bayern Munich winger added: “The hunger in the team is there but we failed together.
“And I mean the technical staff, the players, the whole team. This is the harsh reality of the sporting world. We must all, therefore, look in the mirror.”
The Dutch media has come down hard after their team’s inglorious exit. The big question in Holland is now where the blame lies for such a poor performance.
After finishing as runners-up at the last World Cup and scoring 37 goals in a flawless qualifying campaign for this competition, Bert van Marwijk’s team were hotly tipped to top their group and possibly reach the final. Instead, they suffered a shock defeat to Denmark, lost to their great rivals Germany and crumbled after 20 minutes against Portugal.
The media is still undecided on Van Marwijk’s fate as the Dutch FA begin their deliberations.