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Real escape with hope of progress

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By ESPN Staff

Van Nistelrooy: Holland career over

Ruud van Nistelrooy has admitted he does not expect to be called up to play for Holland again as long as Marco van Basten remains coach of the national team.

The former Manchester United striker - now at Real Madrid - has not figured on the international scene since he was substituted against Argentina in the final group game of the World Cup in Germany.

And after failing to make the squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Albania next month, Van Nistelrooy has admitted that his time is up - for the moment at least.

'The understanding between us (he and Van Basten) was troubled, and that was exactly the reason why I told the closest people to me, after the World Cup ended for us, that I would not be called up anymore,' he told Dutch magazine Sportweek.

'I am now talking about Oranje in the past tense, and that is weird.

'But I will never call any coach of the Dutch team to tell him that I don't want to play international games anymore.

'I deserve to be in the squad, and I am convinced of that. But it seems that I am no longer part of the current plans.'

Van Nistelrooy also went on to criticise the selection methods used by Van Basten, and the way in which he handled his players at the World Cup.

'It's a shame that the national team coach is not only driven by the footballing abilities of his players, but other things as well.

'I call that the 'I like you' part, he just doesn't like having some personalities in his team.

'Van Basten told me that he thought I played badly in all three group games.

'Well, if he thought that I played poorly against Ivory Coast, it might be best if we don't work together anymore.'