The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has voiced his disappointment with the Oranje's tournament performances, but stressed he has no intention to retire from international footballRafael van der Vaart has admitted there was tension in the Netherlands camp before and during their disastrous Euro 2012 campaign, but insists he has no intention to retire from international football.
Van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both bemoaned their substitute roles in recent weeks, thus creating unrest, but the Tottenham man feels that all the players are equally responsible for the team's disappointing tournament.
"There were a few problems, but it wasn't as bad as people made it out to be. Huntelaar was a bit angry. That's correct. Bouma slapping the team doctor? Completely false," Van der Vaart stated to Kicker.
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Van der Vaart is completely right when he says that everybody who played a part in Netherlands' Euro 2012 disaster is responsible for what happened. However, some have played a bigger role than others, and the Spurs man appears to be one of the players who did not exactly cover himself in glory in Poland and Ukraine with his negative attitude towards the group. A decision is yet to be made on Bert van Marwijk's future, but it would not surprise me if Van der Vaart is one of the players who gets axed if the Oranje coach stays on.
"Of course I will continue as an international. I don't feel like the calls for rejuvenation are aimed directly at me. We are all to blame for what happened."
The attacking midfielder then went on to discuss the position of national team coach Bert van Marwijk, and stated he is happy for the former Feyenoord boss to continue.
Van der Vaart started just once at the European Championship as Van Marwijk preferred other players in midfield, but the Tottenham star doesn't hold any grudges.
"People often make wrong decisions in the heat of the moment. I don't have anything against it if Van Marwijk continues. He was successful at the World Cup and stuck with that team. A lot of players weren't in top form, though," he added.
"It's a huge disappointment. You can always go out in a group like this, but not in this way. I understand the criticism. The way we played was unacceptable."
Van der Vaart will become the fifth Dutchman with 100 caps if he features in the international friendly against Belgium in August.