Put a group of Holland players in a confined space and watch the fireworks go off. While the British stereotype of the Dutch is a laid-back nation full of liberal-minded, peace-loving folk, this doesn’t extend to the football players who are a spiky bunch. Ruud Van Nistelrooy has already been bemoaning his sh*t experience at Old Trafford, while The Independent report that an unsavoury incident has occurred between Robin Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder. It appears that the Arsenal striker went in a little hard on his compatriot, causing the latter to visit the hospital.
“I was in a lot of pain at first, but after a visit to the hospital it is not as bad as it looked,” Sneijder said. “It was a scare at first and now I am going to have a rest. I know Robin didn’t intend this to happen and I don’t blame him. It’s just what happens sometimes when you have the tough battles we have in our training sessions.”
In recent years, Dutch training camps have been dogged by in-fighting, factions forming and players storming out. Clarence Seedorf has already sacked off the chance to represent his nation in Euro 2008, although he might be regretting that call after the Netherlands thrashed Italy out of sight on Monday night.