Robin van Persie risks wrath of Fenerbahce fans as he predicts Turkey will drop points to help Holland qualify for Euro 2016
- Robin van Persie believes Turkey will drop points in crucial Euro qualifiers
- Holland can qualify for Euro 2016 play-offs if results go their way
- Van Persie on verge of winning 100th cap though sidelined by new coach
Holland striker Robin van Persie believes Turkey will drop points in their last two Euro 2106 qualifiers giving the Dutch the chance of a playoff spot.
Risking the ire of the country where he plays his club football, the Fenerbahce forward said: ‘Don’t ask me why but they are surely going to drop points.
The former Arsenal and Manchester United star, who is on the verge of playing his 100th game for his country, was speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
Robin van Persie risks upsetting Fenerbahce fans by claiming that Turkey will drop points in Euro qualifying
The Holland are preparing for two vital Group A games against the bottom team Kazakhstan on Saturday and already-qualified Czech Republic on Tuesday.
The Dutch are fourth, two points behind Turkey in the race for third place and a spot in next month’s playoffs.
Iceland and the Czechs have already claimed the top two places and qualified for the finals in France.
Van Persie met up with Dutch team mates ahead of a crucial week in qualification for Euro 2016
Wesley Sneijder and van Persie hold hands in training as Holland prepare for a trip to Kazakhstan
Van Persie and his team mates must hope the Turks, who also have a better head-to-head record against the Dutch, drop points away to the Czech Republic and at home to Iceland.
‘I’ve noticed at Fenerbahce that my Turkish team mates have no doubt they’ll progress,’ said Van Persie.
‘But believe me, I think they’ll slip up. Then it is up to us to win twice. We must do everything to do that. How we get there doesn’t really matter.’
Van Persie could win his 100th cap against Kazakhstan, though since Danny Blind became Holland coach the ex-Arsenal and Manchester United forward has been largely sidelined.
‘It would be great to play but that’s up to the coach,’ Van Persie added. ‘I had pictured a different circumstance in which to win my 100th cap. But all I’m concerned with now is winning.’
The Dutch must beat Kazakhstan and Czech Republic and hope Turkey drop points to reach Euro 2016
Van Persie may wait for 100th cap after being dropped by coach Danny Blind and assistant Marco van Basten