Inspired by his successful debut for FC Groningen, Arjen Robben can even imagine returning to the Dutch national team despite his age as a footballer. Should the former Bayern star get an invitation to the EM from national coach Frank de Boer, Robben would reply: “Then I’ll come.”
However, the 37-year-old limited: “But first I want to be realistic and see how things go in the next few weeks. Then we’ll see.” The injured Robben was in the starting line-up on Sunday for the first time since his return to FC Groningen and promptly contributed two assists to make it 4-0 at FC Emmen.
“I’ve come a long way, that’s what I wanted,” Robben said in an interview with ESPN after the game and fought back tears. A persistent calf injury had put him out of action for much of the season. His teammates once asked him after training if he needed anything. “So I said: ‘A wheelchair in the morning.'”
Robben said goodbye to FC Bayern in 2019 and returned to his hometown club in Groningen after a one-year break. So far he has only made five season appearances, his contract expires in the summer.