Sneijder - No row with RVP
Wesley Sneijder insists that he has not fallen out with Holland team-mate Robin van Persie.
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 30/06/10 7:47pm
Wesley Sneijder insists that he has not fallen out with striker Robin van Persie ahead of Holland's World Cup quarter-final against five-times champions Brazil in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The Arsenal striker was unhappy at being substituted in Holland's 2-1 second round victory against Slovakia in Durban and had been accused of suggesting to Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk that Sneijder should have been the man to be replaced with 10 minutes remaining in the match.
Van Persie has scored just one goal against Cameroon at the finals and has struggled to find his best form following an injury-hit season with Arsenal.
Inter Milan ace Sneijder has played down reports of a falling-out with the 26-year-old after they were both reportedly summoned for talks with Van Marwijk following Monday's match.
"Robin assured me that he had not said those words and I have no reason to doubt him," said Sneijder, who went on to score what proved to be the match-winning second goal against Slovakia.
"I don't have a problem with him and I never have done. He was disappointed to come off, that one can understand and it really isn't a serious matter."
Sneijder insists that there is a real sense of unity in the Dutch squad, unlike in previous tournaments.
"We will be united as never before against Brazil," he said.
"We have already drawn a line under the last 16 match and we will be 120 per cent raring to go against Brazil."
The winners of the quarter-final will play the victors of Friday's other last-eight tie between Uruguay and Ghana.