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Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart says he is growing "despondent" after being substituted once again by Bert van Marwijk on Tuesday night.

Tottenham's new signing lasted 64 minutes of a 2-1 victory over Finland and did not even make the starting XI for Friday's game against San Marino. He also struggled to hold down a regular place in the side during his country's run to the World Cup finals.

Van der Vaart is one of the most experienced players at Netherlands' disposal and, after covering his mouth when his number was put up on Tuesday, he admits that Van Marwijk's treatment of him is getting tiresome.

Asked if he was worried about lip-readers, he laughed: "Secretly, yes. I was swearing a bit, but not specifically for (Van Marwijk) to hear."

He continued on "If you play well you don't think you'll be taken off. I'm getting a little despondent. The substitutions are predictable. It's my 84th match. I think sometimes I deserve to stay on.

"If I play badly, you can take me off after an hour. That's my own fault. But in this case I trained hard, kept my mouth shut, did my best, and I was still taken off. I gave everything. Also I was playing in a position which is not comfortable for me; I'm not a left winger. But I did well. I was involved in two goals, some good moves, and almost scored.

"I always try to be positive but I can't remember the last time I played 90 minutes. It makes me somewhat despondent. Maybe other people would not be angry, but that's how I feel at the moment.

"I know he has great confidence in me, he's said so often enough. But with the regularity of the substitutions, obviously as a player I'm going to become unhappy."


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