RvP thanked Kuyt
Robin Van Persie thanked his countryman and one of the best wingers of modern era Dirk Kuyt yesterday for his great contribution to Netherlands Football over the years.
The Red Devils star wrote a message for Kuyt on a social networking site which read, “Many congratulations to Dirk for a wonderful career, more than 100 games for Netherlands, one of the modern greats.”
Kuyt brought down curtains on his international career after serving the Netherlands national football team for about a decade. He represented the Oranje in as many as 3 World Cups. Playing in a total of 104 games, he struck 24 times.
The first time that Kuyt had featured for Netherlands was in 2004. He was called up by the then boss Marco Van Basten.
Kuyt has probably been the most versatile player that one can ever get to see in the game. Different managers have played him at different positions and there hasn’t been any position where he hasn’t delivered. He has been used as a floater for Netherlands.
Even in the previous World Cup, he was played up front as well as in the back line at times by Louis Van Gaal.
The new Holland boss Guus Hiddink, however, did not seem to be too keen to play Kuyt since he took over from Van Gaal.
The 67-year old made the Fenerbahce player wait in the wings and that, according to some reports, influenced Kuyt to decide to call it a day.
Kuyt himself also hinted that in his retirement press conference, Speaking there, the veteran said, “It’s hard for me to put in so much effort and then, to sit on the bench. I am very proud of what I have achieved playing at this level over such a long period of time.”