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The winger believes that his side will be realistic contenders next summer and warns of the danger posed by Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa ahead of the friendly with Japan

Arjen Robben insists the Netherlands have the ability to win World Cup 2014 and will be going to Brazil next summer determined to lift the trophy.

The Oranje were runners-up in 2010 after Andres Iniesta's goal won the final for Spain in South Africa but the Bayern Munich ace is confident that his side can go one better this time around.

"Our final goal is to become world champions in Brazil," the 29-year-old told reporters. "It's a realistic target and we won't go there with the attitude to just see how far we can get.

"We must survive the group stage and, if we progress, the world title is our dream."

Louis van Gaal's side find themselves in a rich vein of form after going unbeaten for 15 games, stretching back over a year, but Robben warns that their run will be put to the test in upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Japan.

"These matches are not about getting points but they're important," he stressed. "These are two countries you can end up playing against in Brazil.

"Most people talk about Colombia because they're that high on the Fifa ranking but maybe Japan is an even more difficult opponent. I know a lot of [their] players from the Bundesliga. Besides that, [Keisuke] Honda and [Shinji] Kagawa are very good players."

Robin van Persie's withdrawal from the squad means that Robben is set to start the friendlies in Genk and Amsterdam as captain and the former Chelsea winger is proud to take on the armband.

"It's an honour to be captain of your country," he enthused. "It's the most beautiful thing.

"I don't feel extra pressure ... maybe a bit of positive pressure. I know what people are expecting from me.  I won't change because of the captaincy. I will stay myself."