Rijkaard Wants Bergkamp to Stay On

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT


Holland coach Frank Rijkaard confirmed Monday that he wanted Dennis Bergkamp to reconsider his decision to quit international football after Euro 2000. 

Bergkamp had said before Euro 2000 that the tournament co-hosted by Holland and Belgium would be his last hurrah with the 'Oranje'. 

Not least of 31-year-old Bergkamp's worries is his well-documented fear of flying, and with the 2002 World Cup to be played in Japan and South Korea it is difficult to see how the Arsenal player could play in that tournament without taking to the air. 

"I think any coach would want to speak to him," said Rijkaard when asked whether he would like the former Ajax and Inter Milan star to reconsider. 

After the 6-1 drubbing of Yugoslavia Rijkaard had replied 'for sure' when asked if he would ask Bergkamp to reconsider - (AFP)

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