I never considered retiring from international football, says Van Persie

The Arsenal forward has made it clear that quitting the national team was never an option for him, and is eager to return to winning ways with the Oranje under Louis van Gaal
Robin van Persie has stressed that he never thought about retiring from international football after Netherlands' below-par Euro 2012 campaign.

The Oranje were eliminated from the group stage after losses against Denmark, Germany and Portugal, and the Arsenal striker was heavily criticised for his profligacy at this summer's tournament.

Nevertheless, Van Persie has insisted that he loves the game too much to walk away from the international scene, despite the disappointment of failing to make an impact in Poland and Ukraine.

"I never even thought about quitting the national team," Van Persie was quoted as saying by De Telegraaf. "Trust me, it never even crossed my mind.

"I enjoy the game too much for that. I'm not angry either after the Euros. I'm not frustrated.

"I'm not talking about what happened in Poland and Ukraine. It's only right to discuss those kinds of things internally. 

"Did I not feel the urge to speak up during Euro 2012? Sometimes I did, but most of the times I did not.

"How we can become a united team again? By winning games. It's our goal to qualify for the World Cup. We've been paired with some tough opponents, but it's a nice challenge."

Netherlands resume match action on Wednesday when they take on Belgium in an international friendly.