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Robin van Persie vows to continue playing for Holland despite Euro 2016 qualification failure!

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 04:17 EST, 14 October 2015 | Updated: 07:49 EST, 14 October 2015

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Robin van Persie will not turn his back on the Holland team despite the 'sour apple' of failing to qualify for next summer's European Championship.

The former Manchester United striker scored at both ends as Holland crashed 3-2 to the Czech Republic in Amsterdam on Tuesday night, ending their chances of qualification.

Van Persie started the night on the bench for the second consecutive match but came on after 39 minutes with his team trailing 2-0.

Robin van Persie says he intends to continue to play for his country despite their Euro 2016

Robin van Persie says he intends to continue to play for his country despite their Euro 2016

Van Persie cuts a dejected figure during their Euro 2016 qualifying defeat by Czech Republic on Tuesday night

Van Persie cuts a dejected figure during their Euro 2016 qualifying defeat by Czech Republic on Tuesday night

Van Persie inadvertently heads into his own net after 66 minutes as the Dutch go 3-0 down on Tuesday night

Van Persie inadvertently heads into his own net after 66 minutes as the Dutch go 3-0 down on Tuesday night

Unfortunately, Van Persie put through his own net to make it 3-0 during the second half though he did partially redeem himself with a late consolation - his 50th international goal.

The 32-year-old Fenerbahce forward told De Telegraaf afterwards: 'We will have to bite, for almost a year, on a very sour apple and we must all go through it - the players, the fans, the media, everyone.

'A lot has happened. I'm going to have a quiet think about it. But as I see it now, I'll just stay available.

'I still think it's a great honour to play for Oranje. In good, but also bad times. I'm not one to run away from difficult situations, I won't do so now either.

'Giving up is not an option, though of course it depends on whether I am called.'

Van Persie, who left United for Fenerbahce in the summer and has struggled for form, was replaced as captain by Arjen Robben when Danny Blind was appointed successor to Guus Hiddink back in July.

The striker (right) later slotted in a consolation strike to make it 3-2 on the night, for his 50th international goal

The striker (right) later slotted in a consolation strike to make it 3-2 on the night, for his 50th international goal

Van Persie celebrates scoring his 50th international goal but it was all too late for the Dutch in the end

Van Persie celebrates scoring his 50th international goal but it was all too late for the Dutch in the end

Van Persie also had a training-ground bust-up with United player Memphis Depay, an incident the manager was forced to play down.

The former Arsenal man received a warm reception from the Holland fans as he came on at the Amsterdam ArenA and had an influence on the match.

Unfortunately, his initial contribution was to head past his own goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet to put the 10-man Czechs 3-0 ahead.

After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pulled one goal back, Van Persie added a second with a delicate finish after Bas Dost had set him up.

But even if Holland had completed their comeback, a win would have been insufficient to rescue their hopes of claiming a play-off place as rivals Turkey defeated Iceland.

It's a contrast in emotions as the Czech Republic players celebrate at full-time, while Holland reflect on defeat

It's a contrast in emotions as the Czech Republic players celebrate at full-time, while Holland reflect on defeat

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