DRENTHE BASKS IN VICTORY

Royston Drenthe was one of the eye-catchers at the recent European Championship for Under 21s, where the Dutch team claimed the trophy Saturday. The 4-1 final victory against Serbia produced wild celebrations, which extended into Sunday evening. Monday finally sees the end of the season for Royston, who can now look forward to a well-deserved holiday. ‘I need one,’ admits the midfielder.

‘It was great to experience the celebration on Sunday in Heerenveen,’ said Drenthe. ‘I went for a drink with lads like Daniël de Ridder, Ryan Donk and Gianni Zuiverloon in the evening. It was a nice party. Today is all about recovering until Wednesday, when I’ll go on holiday to Surinam with Ryan Babel, Gianni Zuiveloon, Ryan Donk and Boy Waterman.

‘I know most of the lads from this squad from when I was a kid. I played with Gianni in the Feyenoord youth team, and we had to play against Ryan Babel very often. I got to know Boy Waterman last year and I have a very good relationship with him now. But I have to say that I get along with everyone in the squad. The atmosphere has been great every day. That was important for our performances.

‘During the tournament I just tried to perform as well as possible. Maybe I made a name for myself internationally as well, but I’m trying not to think about it as much as possible. When you’re performing well, you know that a lot of people start wanting things from you and they start talking about you. I’m trying to block that out as much as I can and I have to say that it hasn’t bothered me too much up to now.

‘It was in the paper this morning that Michel Platini was impressed with me; that was a huge honour. It is really great when such a brilliant footballer says nice things about you. But I’m not letting it get to me. I’ll be off on holiday on Wednesday; I really need it. I don’t need to report to Feyenoord again until 16 July. Like I said yesterday on television, I’m taking for granted that I’ll be there.’
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