Ruud Makes Peace With Coach

Ruud van Nistelrooy is available again for selection for Holland after making peace with Oranje coach Marco van Basten.

The Real Madrid forward has had tense relations with Van Basten since last year’s World Cup, but is now available for Euro 2008 qualifying although he did not feature in Friday’s squad for friendlies with South Korea and Thailand.

Van Basten revealed that fences had been mended with 30-year-old Van Nistelrooy, saying: “A good phone conversation has made this possible.

“He’s (Van Nistelrooy) laid the basis for a return of Van Nistelrooy to the Oranje.”

Former Manchester United forward Van Nistelrooy’s 22 goals in the Primera Liga for Real Madrid this season have seen him become a leading contender to be crowned Spain’s “pichichi” (top scorer).


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  • DynastySoccerFC … Rasputin

    I’m not Dutch but I really do hope something good comes out of this for Holland’s national team. Holland has always had an outstanding national team program with loads of talent & so much potential but egos’ have always done them in since the Golden Age of Dutch soccer when Cryuff was leading them. They have so much depth & if they can put egos’ to the side & really work as a team with a common goal then …Look out world!

  • wolfen

    good old Holland, they produced the greatest player of all-times : Johan Cruijff,I’m not dutch either, but i love the days of Cruijff,Neeskens,Krol,Risebergen etc…but they have two world-cup finals losses to live with,they do have a European cup altough,Van Basten,GUllit and Rikard,the other great dutchmen.