Van Persie: I want to play up front with Robben

The Dutch forward says the Bayern Munich star can play anywhere and he hopes they can both fire the Oranje to success in Brazil next month
Robin van Persie hopes Arjen Robben will partner him up front for Netherlands in the World Cup and says he is in favour of the 5-3-2 system they are expected to use at the tournament.

Louis van Gaal's men were trailing Ecuador at the Amsterdam Arena before the Manchester United star levelled matters with a magnificent goal - excellently chesting down Jordy Clasie's pinpoint long pass and volleying past the visitors' goalkeeper.

While a 1-1 draw with Ecuador wasn't the ideal way to continue their preparations for the competition in Brazil, Van Persie was satisfied with the display and confident in the formation they used and are expected to stick with in Brazil.

"We played quite well in the second half. I believe in this system - it is different, but it is one that creates opportunities," the striker told SBS6.

"Would I be happy to play with Arjen Robben in attack? Yes, of course. He is a fantastic player and he can play anywhere."

Van Persie then heaped praise upon 22-year-old Clasie, whose wonderful pass allowed him to square the tie.

The 30-year-old continued: "That pass made the goal possible. That was a world class ball. That pass gave me the opportunity to do my thing.

"I think that pass was more beautiful than my goal. The only thing I had to do was control the ball and score. That pass from Clasie was world class."

Netherlands play Ghana in their next World Cup warm-up match on May 30, with their final fixture in preparation for the World Cup coming against Wales on June 4.