Emotional Arjen Robben wipes away tears in his post-game interview after leaving an injury to shine for boys’ club Groningen … as the rejuvenated 37-year-old admits he would return to the Dutch national team for Euro 2020 when he turns called up
- Arjen Robben gave an emotional interview after having made his first start for months
- The 37-year-old is hindered by injuries at the youth club Groningen
- The Dutch star was Man of the Match when he helped his team to beat FC Emmen 4-0
- Robben revealed that he would accept a call-up to the Dutch squad for Euro 2020
Arjen Robben could not contain his emotions when he left his injury behind to play for the first time since October and play the lead in FC Groningen’s victory.
The 37-year-old, who joined his boys club’s academy as a youngster, returned to Groningen last summer after previously announcing his retirement in 2019 due to injuries.
Calf problems have repeatedly bothered Robben since mid-October and this weekend’s start against FC Emmen was his first since September.
Arjen Robben wiped away tears as he discussed his injury hell of the past seven months
The 37-year-old was Man of the Match with two assists when Groningen defeated FC Emmen 4-0
However, the Dutch star put those issues in the past, earning the Man of the Match award when he delivered two assists in a 4-0 win for Groningen, nearly twenty years after his last assist for the club.
After the match, Robben was overcome with emotion after fighting back from a painful six months on the sidelines.
“I’ve come a long way, this is what I wanted,” said Robben ESPN. ‘I want to help this club and I want to play football.
‘If I can and succeed, then I am very happy. It has been a long and difficult road. It was tough and difficult, but I kept fighting. The reward had to come someday.
This was the Dutch star’s first start in seven months, and he talked about the long road to recovery
“I had fun, as a kid, and it was important to the team today too.”
Robben played 96 games for the national team over 14 years, the last of which was in October 2017 against Sweden.
Despite his recent injury problems and it has been more than three years since his last cap for the Orange squad, Robben revealed that he would seize the opportunity to play for the Netherlands at this summer’s European Championship when asked what he would do if manager Frank de Boer selected him for the selection.
‘Then I come!’ he said. ‘When I started last summer, the European Championship was one of my wildest dreams.
‘Firstly, I want to stay realistic and see how things go in the coming weeks. Then we see further. ‘
Robben revealed that he would accept a call-up from Frank de Boer for the Dutch European Championship 2020 team