by Jeremy Wilson
The Premier League’s Golden Boot, the PFA Player of the Year, the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year and, at least for this summer transfer window, the most sought after club striker in Europe. It is fair to say that 2012 has represented something of an annus mirabilis for Robin van Persie, yet speak to people in Holland and they will point at one gaping hole in his CV.
Just as Van Persie, until last season, had never quite fulfilled his potential for Arsenal, there is the lingering accusation that he is still yet to fully deliver on an international stage.
Even in starting every match as Holland reached the 2010 World Cup final, Van Persie’s return of just one goal throughout the tournament was clearly disappointing.
His overall record of 28 goals in 65 international is rather more impressive but, given his exceptional recent form, there is the clear sense that Euro 2012 could represent a career-defining moment.
Van Persie also has the added pressure of his contract stand-off at Arsenal but he has appeared relaxed and focused this week ahead of Holland’s opening match tonight against Denmark.