Dutch winger Arjen Robben is dreaming of playing at the European Championship next month after the injury-prone veteran started his first match for FC Groningen in eight months on Sunday.
"If he calls me, I would say yes", Robben replied when reporters asked how he would respond if Netherlands coach Frank de Boer invited him to join the squad for the Euros.
"When I started this last summer, it (Euro 2020) definitely was one of my wildest dreams", Robben said.
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"It would be nice. But you have to be realistic, I would have to be properly fit and be of value to the team. We'll see."
However, De Boer on Monday poured cold water over the idea.
"Never say never, but at this moment I don't see it happening", the former Ajax and Barcelona defender told Dutch news agency ANP.
"I am very happy for Arjen that he is playing again, but we have to put things in perspective. He hasn't played a complete game since 2019."
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Robben made a surprise return to professional football last year when he signed a one-year deal with his boyhood club Groningen a year after retiring with an eighth Bundesliga title at Bayern Munich under his belt.
But his comeback to the Eredivisie had been limited to only a handful of short appearances so far as he battled a string of injuries between October and the end of March.
De Boer will name his preliminary squad for Euro 2020 at the end of this week, but has until June 1 to deliver his final list of 26 players for the tournament.
Robben made the last of 96 international appearances in October 2017, when his double in a 2-0 win against Sweden proved insufficient to get the Dutch to the 2018 World Cup.
The Netherlands will play their first major tournament this year since finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
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