Van Bommel: Before I was a hero; now I am only Van Marwijk's son-in-law

The veteran Dutch midfielder has come under fire for his displays at the Euros, but insists that he does not get preferential treatment from the national coach, his wife's father
PSV midfielder Mark van Bommel has responded to the criticism he has received because of his form for Netherlands at Euro 2012.

The 35-year-old has been widely criticised for his performances in Poland and Ukraine, with Oranje on the brink of elimination from the tournament after suffering two defeats in their first two matches.

Van Bommel has now declared that the comments about his displays are unfair, and insisted he does not get preferential treatment from Bert van Marwijk for being married to the coach's daughter.

"Before, I was a hero; now I am only Van Marwijk's son-in-law," he told reporters.

"Age has nothing to do with it. If there is a hole between our defensive line and our midfield, it is not because I am walking around the pitch."

Netherlands will have to defeat Portugal by more than one goal and hope that Germany defeat Denmark in order to progress to the knock-out stages, but Van Bommel is refusing to throw in the towel.

"We will fight for our last chance," the former AC Milan midfielder added.

"We will not sit back and watch but we will try to grab this chance."