World Cup 2010: Netherlands Captain Giovanni Van Bronckhorst Desperate To Beat Spain In Last Ever Appearance

Dutch skipper wants international success before retirement…
Netherlands captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst is desperate to taste success on the international stage in his final match for his country on Sunday.

The 35-year-old will earn his 106th international cap in the World Cup final against Spain before retiring from the game.

This year is the first time the Netherlands have reached the World Cup final since 1978 and van Bronckhorst is relishing the chance to win the trophy for the first time in his country’s history.

"I’m very proud. It's only the third time we’ve ever made it to the final,” he told FIFA's official website. "Being part of your country’s first-ever World Cup-winning team would be very special. We have the chance to make history."

The Netherlands qualified for the World Cup with a 100% record and have won all six games in South Africa so far, and van Bronckhorst admits beating Spain will be a difficult challenge.

"Spain are a quality team. We’ll need a really big performance to beat them. But we’ll start out with great confidence, as we’re a very experienced and mature team. We’re in the Final, and we deserve to be there," he said.

"There can’t be a better game with which to say farewell. I could yet be saying goodbye with the cup in my hands."

Regarding his retirement, he added: "It's the right moment to call it a day. I’ll be devoting my time to other things in the future.

"I’m very proud of playing more than 100 times in 14 years. I still get goose-bumps every time I run out onto the field for my country."

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