Van der Sar steps down

After the defeat against Russia confirmed Edwin Van der Sar’s resignation from international football, Edwin stated that he will miss the Holland duty and the experience of international competitions. Van der Sar will now focus solely on Manchester United, where he is set to keep the number one jersey for the 2008/09 season. He earned a total of 128 caps for the Oranjes and it is very improbable that he will add more to them in the future, even though the next Holland manager wants to convince him to carry on in the Holland jersey.

He admits that it is a disappointment that in his time at the Holland post, his home nation did not manage to triumph in a major competition. He also feels that Russia deserved their win, as Holland were not playing anywhere as good as in their games against Italy and France. Van der Sar said that the Russians have a very good chance of triumphing this summer, after their performances have been nothing short of exceptional.

“It’s the end of my international career - the tournaments I will miss most, they are the nicest to experience.”

“I have enjoyed it, that’s for sure. I have reached quarter-finals and semi-finals, but that’s not enough.”

“You always want more than that. But every two years there is only one team that wins the tournament, and in my playing days that has not been for me to experience. We lacked the necessary horsepower to make the extra step forward.”

“I had the feeling that we could have saved the day if it had gone to a penalty shoot-out, but that was all gone after they scored their second goal.”

“I think we had a great tournament and unfortunately we couldn’t get the level of play that we did in the first two games.”

“We created too few chances ourselves and gave too much away. Russia played very well, we did not - and that hurts. You have one bad game in the knockout stages and you are out. That’s the way it is.”

“Russia did very well against us. They are a very good side and they have a great chance now.”

“They’re in the semi-finals, one of four potential champions, so they have a great chance.” - Edwin Van der Sar

2 Responses to “Van der Sar steps down”

  1. Andrew Taylor Says:

    Thanks for all your help with the Holland blog. Much apreciated

  2. reddevilrooney Says:

    my pleasure mate

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