Van Bommel ready to play for Dutch team under father-in-law
Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel said on Wednesday he is ready to return to the national team now that his father-in-law has been appointed as Marco van Basten's successor.6 March 2008
BRUSSELS - Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel said on Wednesday he is ready to return to the national team now that his father-in-law has been appointed as Marco van Basten's successor.
Bert van Marwijk was on Monday announced to succeed van Basten after Euro 2008 on 1 July. Van Bommel, who is married to van Marwijk's daughter Andra, quit the team in 2006 over disputes with Van Basten.
"It is up to the coach to select me. Now my father-in-law is coach, that offers no guarantee, but I have said that I am available," Van Bommel said ahead of a UEFA Cup match of his German club Bayern Munich at Belgian side RSC Anderlecht.
A return into the national could also open the door again for Van Bommel to fulfil his dream of playing at the Beijing Olympics. Olympic coaches said they would like to have him, but that his refusal to play in the national team would not allow them to pick him.
However, Munich have vetoed Van Bommel playing in Beijing because the German season will have started by the time of the Games on 8-24 August.
[Copyright dpa 2008]