Exclusive: Hamburg Striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy Sets Sights On Euro 2012 With The Netherlands

Ruud van Nistelrooy has explained to Goal.com that he wants to continue at the highest level for another two years.
In an exclusive interview with Goal.com, Hamburg striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has explained that he believes Euro 2012 could be his last great hurrah.

Overlooked for the World Cup in the summer, the veteran goal-getter believes he has enough energy left in his legs to produce the kind of form that will allow him to turn out for the Netherlands in Poland and Ukraine.

“When I was not included in the 2010 World Cup squad, I was very disappointed, even if it was not too surprising for me,” he confessed.

“Of course it would be a dream to play another big tournament. I am now 34-years-old, but I can manage another two years at top level, and I believe that I can still help the national team.

"I will certainly do everything again to play the European Championships and win a title with the Netherlands.”

Looking at his more immediate position, the Oranje striker says that the Bundesliga has now established itself as one of Europe’s premier leagues.

Having previously played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, the Dutchman believes the German top flight is now comparable to the English Premier League and La Liga.

“The Bundesliga has risen greatly in quality over recent years and is one of the top leagues,” he explained. “The reputation of the league is getting better and is therefore more attractive to international top players.

"It is no accident that German teams regularly go long in international competitions. In addition, the league is interesting because it is more balanced with respect to the Spanish, Italian and English leagues. Therein lies great potential for the future.”

Van Nistelrooy holds an array of interesting records to his name, including three-time Champions League top scorer.

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