Van Nistelrooy wants place back

25th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2007, THE HAGUE (AP) - Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to play for the Netherlands again next season after resolving his differences with coach Marco van Basten.

25 May 2007

THE HAGUE (AP) - Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to play for the Netherlands again next season after resolving his differences with coach Marco van Basten.

Van Basten and the Real Madrid striker have settled a yearlong dispute that began when the Dutch coach criticised an out-of-form Van Nistelrooy at last year's World Cup in Germany, Van Basten told Dutch media Friday.

While the Dutch team has struggled for goals in the last year, Van Nistelrooy has scored 21 times for Real Madrid.

Van Nistelrooy, who has scored 28 goals in 54 internationals, has not played for the Netherlands since Van Basten left him on the bench in a 1-0 defeat to Portugal that ended Oranje's World Cup in Germany.

NOS news cited Van Basten saying the pair had cleared the air with "a good talk on the phone."

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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