The Bayern Munich winger insists he has put is South Africa disappointment behind him and can’t wait to kick-off World Cup 2014 in Brazil
Netherlands forward Arjen Robben says that he is proud of his runner-up medal from the 2010 World Cup.
The Dutch lost 1-0 to Spain thanks to an extra-time Andres Iniesta goal at Soccer City in Johannesburg four years ago, after Robben missed what proved to be a pivotal one-on-one with Iker Casillas on the hour mark.
But the 30-year-old says he has no regrets and can’t wait for this weekend’s big kick-off in Brazil.
“A World Cup is always something special and I am very excited to be in Brazil for this one,” he told Fifa.com.
“South Africa was a really great tournament for me. It was obviously a big disappointment we lost the final, but I am still really proud of what we all achieved together at that tournament.”
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star went on to say he was confident a young Dutch team can perform at the tournament, but conceded they are not among the favourites.
“Experience is important, especially mentally. But on the pitch it is all about playing in the right way, doing what you have to do – and it doesn’t matter if you are 22 or 32. You just have to do what is asked for.
“That said, in my opinion Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany are the favourites. It will be hard for us because we have to play a very tough group.”
Netherlands have been drawn in Group alongside Chile, Australia and reigning world champions Spain.