Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has declined an offer from Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk to make a comeback for the national team.
"Although I knew what his answer would be, I called Edwin to ask him," Van Marwijk was quoted as saying in the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
"I think that was normal seeing the circumstances (surrounding) our goalkeepers. But Edwin told me last year that for him the Dutch team was a closed book. I knew his answer, but just gave it a try."
Van der Sar, 38, who won a record 130 caps, announced his international retirement after the Euro 2008 finals last year but made a brief comeback for the World Cup qualifiers against Iceland and Norway in October. (read more)
Ron gives Liverpool fans the finger
Ronaldo responds to a bunch of rude Liverpool fans after the loss at Old Trafford
Giggs shows some Liverpool R-E-S-P-E-C-T
(take a hint, rooney and neville)
“Liverpool are a strong team and on their day they can beat anyone – not many teams win at the Bernabeu after all.
“They have genuine world class players and where once they relied on Steven Gerrard there’s now Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher. There is quality all over the pitch and I don’t think there’s any doubt that this current side is stronger than previous ones.
“When they beat us at Anfield earlier this season Gerrard and Torres weren’t even playing, so they do have talent elsewhere.
“The title race is certainly not over – any little hiccup we have will give encouragement to the other teams behind us.” (read more)
Zlatan's humble celebration after he scored against Fiorentina this weekend: