The Dutch midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, has hit back at critics after matching the appearance record of legendary Goalkeeper, Edwin Van der Sar after the game against Ivory Coast on Sunday.
Although Sneijder is no longer guaranteed a spot in the sporting line-up. The midfielder has reiterated his resolve to keep playing for the team and even got a special permission from his club, Galatasaray, to head back to his country so as to match the record of Van Der Sar.
He featured for his club side in their 3-3 win over Alanyaspor on the 29th of May before featuring for the Dutch national team in their game against Morocco two days later. Sneijder flew back to Turkey that same day and returned back to the national team for the game on Sunday.
But his effort has been met with criticism from a lot of pundits who tagged him as desperate for wanting to match Van Der Sar’s record by all means necessary.
“Van der Sar was close to 40 when he achieved this feat and I am just approaching the age of 33” He said to Fox Sports
Matching Van der Sar’s Record
“It’s great to be at the same level with Van der Sar because goalkeepers usually play longer than players in other parts of the field. So it’s a lot easier for them to get more caps.”
“I have gotten a lot of criticism from people but I don’t take it seriously and I think the people in Netherlands also share the same thought.”
“They can do what they want. They are probably just jealous and their jealousy keeps me going as I want to get as much caps as I can and extend this record.”
Wesley Sneijder will become the most capped Dutch player if he takes part in the game against Luxembourg on Friday.