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Mar 2, 2012

Robben reveals frustrations

Arjen Robben believes the recent criticism of his performances amounts to "personal warfare" and suggested he does not have the confidence of Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes.

• Bayern confident of Robben stay
• Robben still suffering with injury

Robben has had a difficult campaign, struggling with injuries and facing questions over his form and approach to the game, with Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer recently labelling him a "selfish player".

"I could say I don't care and I read or hear nothing, but you can't avoid it," Robben said. "It is not always fun, especially because in my opinion it is not justified. If I play badly, you may criticise me, but in Germany it is personal warfare."

Robben started two of Bayern's last three games on the bench and, although he recently confirmed he is not 100% fit, he has said that he would like to be given the chance to build up his fitness. "Besides the agitation and dirty games that have been played, it is a waste that I didn't get a chance to maintain my rhythm for three matches," he said.

Robben showed little sign of injury trouble when representing Netherlands against England at Wembley on Wednesday, scoring a brace to fire his country to a 3-2 win, and he indicated that he is happier working under Bert van Marwijk than Heynckes.

"It feels great to train and play with the Dutch again," he said. "It's been a tough time at the club, but then this feels like it is the way it should be.

"It might have something to do with working under a coach who has confidence in you and just tells you to feel free and play your game."

Robben said he would make sure his bosses at Bayern saw the game at Wembley. "They will have watched the Germany versus France game, but I will take a DVD with me," he said, although he added: "I have to behave decently and just show it on the pitch."

Robben is out of contract in 2013 and it remains unclear whether he will sign an extension. "It's not an ideal situation at the moment," he said.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness has spoken out in defence of Robben and said the criticism of his game had made it difficult for him to play at his best.

"If we had not had that in recent weeks, Robben certainly could have scored two or three goals," Hoeness told Bild. "This s***-talk of whether he is an individualist has caused him to now pass the ball, even if he could go on his own. You can influence a football match from outside."

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